Green-collar crimes and the illegal wildlife trade in Europe

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Illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is commonly identified as one of the drivers of global biodiversity loss, but as policy responses focus on law enforcement and organised crime, the role of legal entities can be overlooked. In this catwalk session, the Beastly Business project team will explore how the lens of green-collar crime can sharpen the focus of policy and enforcement initiatives by examining overlooked actors in IWT in Europe. We use the dynamics of illegal trade in brown bears, eels and songbirds as illustrative examples and consider three cross-cutting issues which shape the trade: consumption, uncertain scientific knowledge and legislative frameworks.

Rosaleen Duffy

political ecology, international politics of conservation, illegal wildlife trade.

Dr George Iordachescu

George's current research project looks at the hidden dynamics of brown bear trafficking within Europe with the aim to transform policy and enforcement approaches to tackling IWT in the region.

Dr Teresa Lappe-Osthege

Teresa Lappe-Osthege is a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ESRC-funded Beastly Business Project. Her research is informed by political ecology and green political economy, and focuses on environmental politics in peace and conflict, wildlife crime and conservation, with a regional focus on the EU and the Western Balkans.