Combating online wildlife trafficking in the Middle East

The recent report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare shows how thousands of endangered species are bought and sold online.

In the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, 144 advertisements of species listed as endangered were found online.

It has been found that the numbers of advertisements that are targeting online shoppers in the UAE this year has declined from 796 in 2012 to only 122 ads in 2014, as a result of the efforts made by the concerned authorities in the United Arab Emirates.

It was noticed that many of these advertisements were removed and most of those websites were blocked.

Following the recent investigation over the internet, a meeting was held between IFAW and officials at the Ministry of Environment and Water. The Ministry received a copy of the survey and promised to take an action.

Investigators recorded an additional 704 advertisements for endangered wildlife specimens on Middle East websites which, upon further investigation, appeared likely to be fraudulent advertisements and were excluded from the results.

We value and appreciate the initiatives that we believe it has reduced the volume of trade online in the UAE as:

We are planning to contact other governments in the Middle East and North Africa to discuss this issue in order to reduce the volume of trade in wildlife on the internet.


Read the report, Wanted - Dead or Alive, by clicking this link.

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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Pauline Verheij, Program Manager, Wildlife Crime
Program Manager, Wildlife Crime
Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Country Representative, Germany
Country Representative, Germany
Staci McLennan, Director, EU Office
Director, EU Office
Tania McCrea-Steele, Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
Consulting Senior Advisor to the CEO on Strategic Partnerships & Philanthropy