Posted on 17 June 2022
The 2016-2020 Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking raised the profile of wildlife crime in the European Union, but lack of resources and lack of implementation limited its impact.
TRAFFIC and WWF are therefore pleased that the European Commission is currently revising the Action Plan. This represents an opportunity to engage in targeted activities in Europe and in third countries to tackle wildlife crime and support sustainable practices.
We urge the European Commission and Member States to take into account the recommendations made in this position paper. In particular, ensuring that sufficient resources are allocated for its implementation, including at the national level. The EU should also address key topics such as financial investigations and asset recovery procedures, nationally protected species illegally traded in the EU, human rights and gender aspects of wildlife crime, capacity building and training, private sector engagement, etc.