The numbers and range of many wildlife populations are in widespread decline across the world. Habitat destruction and illegal hunting for the international wildlife trade are two key drivers of this loss of biodiversity. Stemming this loss will depend on the reduction of poaching and curtailing illegal wildlife trade along the entire value chain, and safeguarding the system of protected and community managed areas. When these areas are properly managed, they become an asset on which wildlife-based tourism and other enterprises can be built for the benefit of local communities. This round table will explore the status of the wildlife trafficking crisis, the human and environmental impacts of the crisis, the latest approaches to addressing these challenges, and ways to develop a wildlife economy.
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