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Wildlife Forum

January 27, 2020

Washington, DC


The World Bank Group and the Global Environment Facility-funded Global Wildlife Program hosted a Wildlife Forum with the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC). 

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    Representatives from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO) met to conduct strategic planning of ICCWC’  activities that will shape implementation of its Strategic Programme 2016-2020 and future collaborative efforts.

    The Forum convened donors, NGOs, and other US-based implementing partners to share information and on strengthening partnerships to promote sustainable development and combat wildlife crime. Thematic discussions featured presentations, panels, and demonstrations showcasing key governance, economics, trade, and technological issues that impact wildlife crime.

    0800 - 0900



    0900 - 0930


    Opening remarks from WBG, CITES, and GEF

    Opening and Welcome

    • Karin Kemper, Global Director Environment, Natural Resources, and Blue Economy Global Practice, WBG
    • Ben Janse van Rensburg, Chief, Enforcement Support, CITES
    • Jaime Cavelier, Senior Biodiversity Specialist, GEFSEC
    0930 - 1030

    WBG’s Efforts to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) 


    Moderator: Garo Batmanian, Global Lead for Forests, Landscapes and Biodiversity, WBG


    • Richard Damania, Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Practice Group, WBG
    • Elisson Wright, Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, WBG
    • Marilyne Goncalves, Senior Financial Sector Specialist, WBG
    • William Gain, Senior Private Sector Specialist, WBG
    • George Henry Stirrett, Environmental Specialist, WBG 
    1030 – 1045Coffee Break  
    1045 - 1230

    Panel Discussion

    The perspectives of key donors/ partners combating IWT

    Moderator: Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, WBG


    • Christine Dawson, Director of the Office of Conservation and Water, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, USDOS
    • Sebastien Chatelus, Policy Officer, Biodiversity and Ecosystem services; Unit Environment, Natural Resources and Water, European Commission, DEVCO (VC)
    • Judith Neumann, Climate, Environmental and Urban Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
    • Dornford Rugg, IWT, International Biodiversity and Environment, UK DEFRA (VC)
    • Rodger Schlickeisen, Executive Director, The Wildcat Foundation
    1200 - 1230Lunch (light lunch served outside conference room)
    1230 - 1400 
    Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) sessionUnderstanding crime convergence to better target natural resource corruption (with commentary from Jorge Rios, Chief, UNODC)
    1400 - 1530 CSO Experiences: CSO/IGO activities to engage communities and combat poaching

    Moderator: Mary Rowen, Senior Wildlife Advisor, USAID

    Speakers: (with commentary from Lisa Farroway, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP)

    • Emmanuel de Merode, Director for Virunga National Park
    • Susan Lieberman, Vice President, Wildlife Conservation Society
    • Andrea Heydlauff, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, African Parks
    • Tom Lalampaa; Chief Executive Officer, NRT
    • Louise Lo Presti, IUCN SULi Specialist Group
    1530 - 1600Coffee Break  
    1600 - 1730 CSO Experiences: CSO partnering with new sectors to tackle wildlife trafficking 

    Moderator: Henri Fournel, Coordinator, INTERPOL

    Speakers: (with commentary from Roux Raath, Program Manager, WCO)

    • Steve Carmody, Chief of Investigations, Wildlife Justice Commission
    • Colby Loucks, Vice President, WWF
    • Crawford Allan, Senior Director, TRAFFIC
    • Jimmiel J. Mandima, Deputy Vice President, IFAW
    • Johan Bergenas, Senior Director, Vulcan Inc.
    1730 - 1830Inspiring ChangeShort Film Screening: “Sides of a Horn” with Toby Wosskow, Writer/Director;
    Laura Ivers, Sr. External Affairs Officer, WBG; Angela Kirkman, Sr. Director, WildAid
    1830 - 2100 

    Closing Remarks

    Reception & Networking Session

    (Ben Janse van Rensburg, CITES)