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Study of illegal trade and other activities relating to wildlife crime on the internet - WC0789

Tackling illegal wildlife trade is a Ministerial priority. The project aims to assess the level and nature of the illegal trade taking place or being facilitated over the internet. Illegal activities undermine legitimate trade, and thus undermine traders that are acting legally. Once the assessment has been made a clearer impact of the scale of the “black market” and its impact on the legitimate sector will be known, together with tools developed to monitor the illegal activities.
This aim can be broken down into the following four objectives:
1. To establish a baseline of the scope and volume of legal and illegal wildlife trade activity conducted using the internet.
2. To identify emerging trends relating to types of species, source location or volume of illegal trade so as to inform future enforcement activity.
3. To compare the scope and volume of illegal internet trade with other illegal trade routes to inform future investment in enforcement
4. To identify a framework for future monitoring of illegal activity, including a search methodology that can be shared with other enforcement authorities
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2014

Cost: £34,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
North Wales Police
Fields of Study
Wildlife Conservation