The School of Anthropology and Conservation a the University of Kent has put out a call for abstracts. I’m intending to go :).
It is for a 2-day symposium entitled “Towards a sustainable and legal wildlife trade” on Thursday, 18th June and Friday, 19th June, 2015 at the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.
The outline is as follows.
The conservation of flora and fauna is in crisis. Poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife are pushing a number of iconic species towards extinction. In the legal trade there is a mixed picture of successful trade models combined with unsustainable harvesting levels of animals, plants and timber, and poor animal welfare and governance.
Conservation and development goals from the wildlife trade will only be achieved through effective collaboration and dialogue among governments, practitioners and the private sector, supported by state-of-the-art research. Despite the global importance of the wildlife trade in political, economic and cultural terms, policy development and implementation remains poorly supported by research.
In this 2 day symposium we aim to enhance understanding on how to support a trade in wildlife that is sustainable, legal and consistent with the principles of sustainable development. Key objectives are to:
- foster dialogue between researchers, economists, policy makers, the private sector and other conservation-related disciplines.
- provide evidence-based options for improved conservation trade policy.
- establish a research agenda for wildlife trade in the global economy.
The event will be of interest to conservation experts, researchers, managers and officials from government, private sector, NGOs, international organizations and universities.