Call for interest in participating: community voices on illegal wildlife trade

News, 5 July 2018
We’re inviting community representatives to express their interest in participating in a London workshop on how to effectively engage with the illegal wildlife trade at the local level. Closing date: 31 July, 2018

Elephants in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo: George Lamson, Creative Commons via Flickr)

IIED and partners are seeking expressions of interest from representatives of communities living alongside wildlife, and from relevant community support organisations, in participating in a one-day meeting in London on 10 October, 2018. The event will be an opportunity to get local voices heard in the debate on responses to the illegal wildlife trade (IWT).

The meeting will take place immediately before the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, to be held on 11-12 October 2018. This conference is the fourth in a series of high-level events seeking to increase international commitments to tackle IWT.

Previous international conferences and other policy forums have increasingly recognised the important role of Indigenous Peoples and local communities living alongside wildlife in addressing IWT. But the emphasis in IWT discussions and implementation has been on strengthening government or private sector-led law enforcement and reducing consumer demand for illicitly sourced wildlife commodities. Very little emphasis has been placed on how to effectively engage local people who live alongside wildlife – and even less on actually listening to those communities and reinforcing their voice as active stakeholders in the debate.

The Event: Community Voices

On 10 October 2018 IIED, IUCN and TRAFFIC are partnering with FFI and ZSL to organise a meeting that will bring together people who live side by side with wildlife and provide them with an opportunity to voice their opinions of current efforts to combat IWT – and in particular on progress in implementing commitments made to date.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for participants to meet each other and exchange experiences and increase their voice in international IWT policy-making.

The event will focus on community perspectives of what works and what doesn’t – and why – in combating IWT. We will explore different strategies that have been advocated in previous inter-governmental IWT conferences and hear what communities themselves think of these strategies, and what alternatives or additions they might propose.

Based on these discussions, participants will agree a set of recommendations which will be fed directly into a panel session in the London Conference on IWT 2018.

We will have a limited amount of funding available to support attendance. We do not have sufficient funds to cover translation services – so unfortunately this will be an English language only event.

Email us your expressions of interest to participate in this event,

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, or are a support NGO and would like to nominate participants, please email us with your answers to the five short questions that are included in the event overview document (PDF).


For further information, contact Francesca Booker in IIED's Natural Resources research group via email at 

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