EU Commission must back an EU Wildlife Trafficking Action Plan

IFAW urged Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik to establish an EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking at an experts conference in April.

As part of IFAW’s campaign against the poachers and traffickers in endangered species, IFAW has been calling on European countries and the EU to take determined action to combat this global crime.

Wildlife trafficking is not a new phenomenon, but its scale, nature and impacts have changed considerably in recent years.

Poaching has reached unprecedented levels for some species, and the world is currently facing a dramatic surge in wildlife trafficking.

Following concerted IFAW pressure and support from the European Parliament, on 7 February 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication and launched a stakeholder consultation on the future EU approach to wildlife trafficking.

On 10 and 11 April 2014, the European Commission organised an expert conference, followed by dedicated workshops to discuss how to strengthen enforcement and the fight against organised wildlife crime in the EU and how to make EU support against wildlife trafficking at global level more effective.

The Commission services have released a summary of the responses to the stakeholder consultation on wildlife trafficking launched in February 2014.

On that basis, the European Commission will review the existing policies and measures at EU level so as to enable the EU to react more effectively to the current crisis situation.

IFAW urges European decision makers to establish an EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking.

We’ve already got numerous MEPs, MPs and other politicians on board.

Only an action plan proposed by the Commission and backed by the EU Council has the necessary authority to bring Europe’s resources together to fully protect elephants from poaching and address threats to national and global security from ivory trafficking.

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For more information about IFAW efforts to end criminal wildlife trade, visit our campaign page.

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