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Growing, growing, gone: safeguarding SA’s illegally traded succulents

International demand for succulents is driving rampant harvesting and trade, and some species now face extinction.

South Africa’s Succulent Karoo is home to flora that occur nowhere else on earth. But a rapidly escalating onslaught by criminal networks threatens many of these rare species.

This webinar will showcase insights from a new ENACT report that explores the illegal market for ornamental succulents, focusing on South Africa’s multistakeholder efforts to counter the trade. Speakers will highlight key challenges and opportunities, and put forward recommendations to improve responses. These lessons will offer valuable insights into safeguarding plants from illegal trade in South Africa and across the globe.

Moderator: Dr Willis Okumu, Senior Researcher for East Africa, ENACT, ISS Nairobi

Opening remarks: Elisabet Dahlberg Frisk, Representative, EU delegation to South Africa


  • Dr Carina Bruwer, Senior Researcher for Southern Africa, ENACT, ISS Pretoria
  • Dominique Prinsloo, Project Manager, TRAFFIC Southern Africa
  • Dr Carina Becker-Du Toit, Scientific Coordinator: Succulent Plant Poaching Response, South African National Biodiversity Institute/World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa
  • Advocate Aradhana Heeramun, Senior State Advocate, Organised Crime Component, National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa
Development partners
ENACT is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Institute for Security Studies in partnership with INTERPOL and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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