5368 live wild animals, victims of trafficking, were seized in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil in the first half of 2022

269 news reports on seizures of illegal wildlife specimens were registered between January and June of this year in the Andean-Amazon countries. The report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) revealed that 183 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fishes were found, and continue to be threatened by illegal wildlife trade in these countries.  […]

Peru in the race against illegal wildlife trafficking

In the session held on April 27, the Peruvian Congress’s Justice and Human Rights Commission unanimously approved the prediction that seeks to include the illegal trafficking of wildlife species within the scope of the Law Against Organized Crime, Law 3200.

The plenary session of the Congress of the Republic is responsible for the final decision that could guarantee the protection of wildlife.

Banks and transporters agree to fight the illegal wildlife trade

Within the framework of the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade, companies from the financial and air transport sectors joined the fight against wildlife trafficking. The financial institutions signed six commitments and recognized the devastating impact of the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) and stated that they will not facilitate or tolerate financial flows resulting from the IWT and associated corruption.

Progress and achievements of the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade

At the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade, the financial sector and new companies in the Colombian transport sector signed the Buckingham Palace and Mansion House declarations, joining the fight against species trafficking. In addition, progress in the implementation of the commitments of the Lima Declaration of 2019 was reviewed, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) had outstanding participation of panelists.

Reflections of the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade

The II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade, which brought together governments, control agencies, financiers, civil society organizations, experts, representatives of indigenous peoples and community organizations, among other participants, has proven to be an important forum to maintain interest, reinforce the commitments made by governments during the First Conference of 2019 -through the Lima Declaration- and identify areas where actions to combat wildlife trafficking can be strengthened.

WCS participates in the II High Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Colombia is the host country for the second edition of the High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade, which will take place in Cartagena de Indias between April 5 and 6. The participating Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will be with a delegation of experts, partners, and allies, who will share the results of studies and progress of the actions undertaken in the region based on their experience working on this issue.

Xylotron at II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade

As an advance in the control and prevention of illegal flora trafficking, Xilotron is a technological tool for rapid identification of timber, which detects the type of species it is and thus helps determine if its origin is legal. This tool was unveiled at the II High-Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade.