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As we all look forward to the summer, stretching in the sunlight from the confinement of this past year, we finally feel hope for the future.
The spread of vaccines and a stronger international political will on environmental issues seem to confirm it.
The end of captive breeding and canned hunting of lions in South Africa, a potential ban on EU ivory trade, the steep decline in demand for seal products, or the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) in October in China, are among the things to follow.
With this fourth issue of our newsletter, we wanted to share with you some of the latest work on wildlife cybercrime, the Belgian government’s efforts to tackle underwater noise, continued threats to harp seals, and detection dogs sniffing out wildlife crime in Benin.
We hope you will this content of interest, and, as always, we are ready to discuss any of these issues more in detail with you.
Here’s to seeing each other, face to face, soon!
IFAW co-organized a webinar on wildlife cybercrime, bringing together over 140 participants from various sectors to discuss the issue and come up with recommendations for better policy, prevention and enforcement. Read more here.
We interview the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Responsible for the North Sea, to discuss the impact of underwater noise on our ocean and possible solutions to tackle this issue. Read the interview here.
IFAW was founded in 1969 to bring an end to the hunt for whitecoat harp seal pups on the East Coast of Canada. Despite an EU ban on seal products import in 2009, the hunt continues, and it’s not the only threat they face. Read more here.
In Benin, we’re training detection dogs to help us disrupt trafficking networks. While incorporating high animal welfare standards, the program allows dogs to become an integral part of the solution for disrupting the illegal wildlife trade. Watch the video here.
-- Download the May 2021 issue of the newsletter.
We had high expectations for 2020, especially when it comes to biodiversity, but things went rogue and a global pandemic – a result of our unhealthy relationship with nature, shook us to the core.
Despite these unprecedented challenges, our work never stopped and IFAW achieved some great successes in 2020. We also witnessed positive developments at the European level with the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030, the agreement on the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) for 2021-2027, and the recognition of the need for a Marine Action Plan to restore marine ecosystems.
We are now looking forward with hope and ready to make this year a strong stepping-stone for sustainable and meaningful change.
Nature will not allow us another decade of failures, so let’s get to work!
2020 was meant to be the ‘Super Year of Biodiversity’ but things went sideways, though some sparks of hope occurred. It is time to look forward and spur a transformational change in how we interact on this planet. Read more.
We interview the Director for Natural Capital in DG Environment, Humberto Delgado Rosa, to discuss the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and the role of the EU ahead of the next CBD CoP in China. Read the interview.
The European institutions have incentivised one of the main threats to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, by eliminating taxes on the import of lobster from the east coast of the US. Learn more.
Considered Endangered by the IUCN Red List, shortfin mako shark populations have declined significantly worldwide, driven by international demand for their fins and meat. But there is hope for some relief to these species. Read more.
IFAW and several other NGOs published a joint paper detailing 10 recommended actions on marine biodiversity in response to the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 to ensure the long-term health of our ocean. See the briefing.
-- Download the January 2021 issue of the newsletter.
It has been seven months since COVID-19 was officially declared as a pandemic, our lives have been changed, and we must shift towards a new way of living, working, consuming and engaging with our environment.
This second issue of our newsletter will indeed discuss our relationship with wildlife, which was a key factor that led us to the immensely tenuous situation we find ourselves in today. Our latest report “Beyond COVID-19” addresses that fact and discusses a wide range of actions to change the way we interact with our environment.
Some of these actions are at the core of our international policy work, especially at the European level. As the EU looks at ways to build back better and greener, the EU Green Deal and the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 offer ambitious prospects for the future that must be aligned with external action. IFAW’s Director of International Policy, Matthew Collis, outlines the important role of EU leadership in this newsletter. We are calling for programme and funding to protect biodiversity in the new EU budget.
Our rescue efforts in the California wildfires or the patrol missions of our Team Lioness in Kenya can only be sustainable with the support of proper policies and sufficient funding to address wildlife and conservation issues. The role of the EU will be central in this regard, so that animals and people can thrive together.
Meet our International Policy Director, Matthew Collis, and read about the critical role for EU leadership to drive biodiversity protection on the continent and globally. Read the interview here.
Wildlife trade, habitat destruction, and loss of biodiversity are leading to an increased outbreak of zoonotic diseases. In this report, IFAW investigates ways that we can improve our relationship with wildlife and protect human health. Read our report.
With funding from the European Union, IFAW has worked with the International Union for Conservation of Nature to build a ranger outpost along the Uganda – DR Congo border, often used as a crossing point by wildlife criminals, to protect the Virunga National Park. Learn more here.
IFAW and other NGOs call on the EU to continue its leadership and set a 10% biodiversity target under the EU budget currently being debated. The EU Green Deal and budget are critical to the recovery strategy and development aid must address biodiversity.
-- Download the October 2020 issue of the newsletter.
In these difficult times, IFAW continues to work around the world so that animals and people thrive together.
The work we do on the ground can only be sustainable with the support of proper policies and sufficient funding to address wildlife and conservation issues. Our office in Brussels is dedicated to influence the European Union’s policy, legislation and international agreements, as decisions taken by the EU can have far-reaching impacts, not only in Europe, but globally.
It is our pleasure to share with you the first edition of our EU Office’s newsletter to keep you up to date with our work in Brussels and across the globe.
We hope the diversity of content and the achievements our teams have accomplished will be of interest to you. We look forward to working with you to protect animals, people and the place we call home.
We interviewed former MEP and founder of MEPs4Wildlife Catherine Bearder on the role of the European Parliament in addressing wildlife crime issues and the impact that COVID-19 pandemic will have on the protection of biodiversity. Read the interview here.
More than ever, the need to control wildlife trade is essential, which is why the EU should renew the Action Plan Against Wildlife Trafficking. IFAW continues to advocate for a ban on ivory trade. Take our quiz!
Weak sanitary measures and inadequate regulation on global wildlife trade have played a critical role in the pandemic. It is now imperative that the EU and Member States develop clear policies regulating wildlife trade, with criteria to safeguard biodiversity and public health as well as animal welfare. Read our Director’s op-ed here.
The pandemic is seriously impacting community rangers who continue to work in difficult conditions, facing additional threats, to protect both wildlife and community members. Read our Ranger FAQ here.
-- Download the June 2020 issue of the newsletter.
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