WATCH: Azzedine Downes talks with INTERPOL’s David Higgins in Nairobi

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. 

SEE ALSO: Seven steps conservation and national leaders can take to stop wildlife crime

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.


For more information about IFAW efforts to stem the tide of wildlife crime, visit our campaign page.

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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