The Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands is pleased to announce that it will host an international conference on wildlife crime from 1 to 3 March 2016. The event will take place at the Grand Hotel Amrath Kurhaus in The Hague, with a High-level Round Table scheduled for the last day.
Building upon previous conferences held in London, Kasane and elsewhere, our objective is to identify some of the key international commitments to tackle wildlife crime which now need further efforts to turn them into much desired action. The objectives for the conference in The Hague are to:
- Reinforce political commitments and coordination with regard to the design and implementation of effective measures that can conserve wildlife and prevent and combat the drivers of the illegal wildlife trade;
- Provide a platform to discuss and agree on concrete actions, i.e. Wildlife Deals, to be implemented by different configurations of stakeholders;
- Promote Wildlife Deals as a concept that takes declarations and resolutions a step further, translating them into actions; and
- Exchange views on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking, which will be presented during a high-level meeting at the conference.
The Hague Conference seeks to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to design and implement innovative measures to conserve wildlife as a matter of urgency. It will combine high-level plenary discussions with working group sessions in order to take stock of the progress achieved in wildlife conservation, and to agree on concrete, actionable measures to protect wildlife now. Participants will have the opportunity to join in working groups to forge connections and build multi-stakeholder networks to implement new initiatives, i.e. Wildlife Deals.
For more information about the conference and to apply, go to the website.