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Wildlife crime in Africa - a global challenge: successful countermeasures must involve local populations

Wilderei in Afrika - ein globales Verbrechen: erfolgreiche Bekämpfung erfordert die Einbeziehung lokaler Bevölkerungen

Hellwig-Bötte, Margit

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Corporate Editor Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik -SWP- Deutsches Institut für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit
Abstract A series of high-ranking international meetings in 2013 drew global public attention to the dramatic collapse of elephant and rhinoceros populations in Africa, and to the connections between wildlife crime, terrorist networks and organised crime. On 12 February 2014 an international conference in London again took up the question of how to combat poaching and the illegal wildlife trade. Successful action against wildlife crime is a cross-cutting global task encompassing wildlife conservation, fighting organised crime, promotion of rule of law, and economic cooperation, as well as resolute anti-corruption and involvement of local populations along the entire supply chain. Countermeasures will function only if people in Africa enjoy economically viable livelihoods and benefit from wildlife protection. In Asia, renouncing ivory as a status symbol and dropping superstitions about the medical value of rhinoceros products demands a change of mindset. (author's abstract)
Keywords Africa South of the Sahara; criminality; organized crime; commerce; illegitimacy; crime fighting; international cooperation; animal protection; conservation; terrorism; fight against terrorism; corruption; Kenya; China; Asia
Classification Special areas of Departmental Policy; Criminal Sociology, Sociology of Law; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords Jagd; Elfenbein; Elefanten; Artenschutz
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
City Berlin
Page/Pages 4 p.
Series SWP Comments, 12/2014
ISSN 1861-1761
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications