Across the world the illegal wildlife trade is booming, and enormous, irreparable damage to biodiversity is occurring.
Every day hundreds of thousands of endangered and legally protected plants, insects and animals are traded to consumers interested in their medical, ornamental, cultural properties, or to keep them as live pets or plants.
Globalisation and development, in tandem with a growing global population, have led to greater and greater impacts on the natural world as increasingly affluent populations and globally marketed trends have led to huge surges in demand for certain products.
The marketplaces for illegal wildlife products are increasingly virtual. The internet facilitates communication across borders, and provides greater anonymity to illegal traders.
It is important to understand, expose and isolate the most strategic areas for intervention.
That’s why Global Initiative’s new project on online Illicit Wildlife Trade “Digital Dangers” is going to address the issues raised by online IWT in three areas: