Double-edged sword: how technology can combat wildlife crime

2022-01-20

Technology enables nimble and innovative responses in the fight against wildlife crime. Harnessing these opportunities is essential, as wildlife crime is driving the rapid and increasingly irreversible depletion of animal populations. It also undermines human security and development.

Tech is not a silver bullet, but it can boost efforts to combat wildlife crime if used responsibly. Solutions must be developed, procured and implemented with sustainability and the local context in mind. This calls for a rethink around the skilling and resourcing of those responsible, especially the role of data analysts.

This hybrid event will be held online, with in-person attendance at the ISS in Pretoria for a maximum of 15 guests. COVID-19 protocols will be adhered to. To attend in person, email Ntokozo Dlamini: [email protected].

Chairperson: Kevin Pretorius, Founder, GreenLaw Foundation, South Africa

Opening remarks: Dr Bernard Rey, Head of Delegation, European Union Delegation to South Africa

Speakers:

Jacqueline Cochrane, Research Consultant, ENACT, ISS Pretoria

Ashwell Glasson, Co-author and Registrar, Southern African Wildlife College

Maj-Gen (ret) Johan Jooste, Project Manager, Environmental Law Enforcement, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environmental Affairs (DFFE)

Carmen van Tichelen, Chief Analyst, Environmental Enforcement Fusion Centre, DFFE

Sharon Haussman, CEO, Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation, South Africa

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