Illegal wildlife trade in Latin America and the Caribbean
The International Conference Illegal wildlife trade in Latin America and the Caribbean: Impacts on local communities and opportunities for legal and sustainable use was held on September 30 to October 2, 2019, at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina.
There were over 30 presentations by experts from indigenous, peasant and local communities, as well as from scientific experts with the aim of supporting community voices to raise awareness about the impacts of illegal wildlife trade in local communities that conduct wildlife management. The presentations were focused on successful examples of community-led approaches to tackle poaching, including sustainable use and legal wildlife trade.
On October 2nd a workshop was held to agree on a set of priority recommendations, developed as a statement on "Voices of the Communities". This statement was read out in a Plenary session at the "First High Level Conference of the Americas on Illegal Wildlife Trade" on October 4th.
The event also developed a strategy for Latin America and the Caribbean on sustainable use and livelihoods.