RILO AP was invited to the Anniversary for the Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online
The celebration of the 1st anniversary for the Coalition to End Online Wildlife Trafficking was held in Beijing on March 7 to 8, 2019. RILO AP, as one of partner regional organizations of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and TRAFFIC, was invited to participate in the ceremony and give a lecture on how RILO AP coordinates enforcement activities and recent efforts in the Customs community to control illegal wildlife trade via post channel.
Shutting down global online illegal wildlife trade requires an integrated, international solution. The world’s biggest e-commerce, technology, and social media companies have joined forces to shut down online marketplaces for wildlife traffickers. The Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online brings together companies from across the world in partnership with wildlife experts at WWF, TRAFFIC the wildlife trade monitoring network, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for an industry-wide approach to reduce wildlife trafficking online by 80% by 2020. As of this year, leading internet-based companies such as eBay, Google, Microsoft, Baidu, Alibaba and TENCENT have joined the coalition.
The Coalition is convening dialogues between partners to share lessons learned and best practices. As wildlife experts, WWF, TRAFFIC and IFAW also provide companies with updated global and regional trade trend data, training materials, policy guidance and educational information for users to help spot illegal products. RILO AP is one of the partners of the capacity building programme.
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, is working together with WWF to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. Founded in 1976, TRAFFIC assists in the implementation of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which bans international commercial trade of species threatened with extinction.