After speaking with ministerial level representatives from around the world at the INTERPOL - UNEP International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference (ECEC) in Nairobi, I sat down with David Higgins, Director of INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme.
These are tough economic times. That is why the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has partnered with INTERPOL on a joint strategy to combat wildlife crime that will cost little more than an investment of trust and cooperation.
By simply agreeing to work together—INTERPOL, national law enforcement and non-governmental organizations—we can all accomplish much more toward our common goal of ending wildlife crime.
There will always be areas in which our missions and goals may differ, but if we can set those differences aside and concentrate just on the areas where we know we can help each other, then we can start disrupting and dismantling criminal networks that are making a killing on illegal wildlife trade.