Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT)

By 10th October 2018Blog, News

Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade

As London prepares to host high-ranking delegations for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, we thought this would be a great time to highlight some of the formidable work our projects have been implemented with an aim to tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT).



Effective Law Enforcement is pivotal to our efforts to safeguard wild cats across Asia.  In Kerinci Seblat National Park (KSNP) we have been working with the FFI Tiger Protection & Conservation Units (TPCUs) since 2000.  This particular project is one of Asia’s longest-running Law Enforcement programmes, that has highlighted the benefits of cultivating a network of reliable informants. 


Today, 6 Units operate in and around core areas of KSNP, with a new Rapid Response team trained to operate in the Bengkulu region of the park.  Each 4-man Unit is led by Government level Forestry staff, with members predominantly recruited from forest-edge communities, who understand the value of protecting their local area.  Law Enforcement is a complex area of conservation, reliant on precise reporting, collaboration and proper documentation of evidence.

law enforcement illustration tackling illegal wildlife crime

This infographic is by no means exhaustive of the Law Enforcement process but acts as a simplified guide.  If you would like to learn more about the FFI Tiger Protection Team, you can access all their previous reports here.


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Crissie Constantinou