The Mirpuri Foundation participated in the second United for Wildlife virtual roundtable, focused on the rise in poaching.

Poaching, in particular the increase of this crime related to Covid-19, was one of the predictions of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, of which Mirpuri Foundation is an active part of, as the principal sustainability partner of the airline Hi Fly.

There is a wide consensus that poaching is rising in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Donkeys, sea cucumbers, shark fins, jaguars, leopards, any animals related to traditional medicine trade, are being more affected during this pandemic period. Poaching elephants for their skin has been rising as well. China has been working to shut the market of farming wild animals, due to Covid-19, but this might still remain, for illegal trading purposes.

The roundtable covered specific illegal wildlife threats as well as successful initiatives (such as monitoring suspicious activity nearby to national parks and protected areas and the connectivity between this and identified individuals and companies), and what we can collectively do, both the Transport and the Finance Taskforces.

Analyzing the immediate next steps was also a key part of the online event, by increasing engagement with on-the-ground partners and keeping a continued taskforce effort.

The event also shared good practices from organizations, a very important step to guarantee we can all learn from each other and be more effective whilst working against poaching.

Over 100 people participated in this roundtable, representing organizations worldwide, from both finance and transport taskforces, cooperating towards a common goal – fighting illegal wildlife trade, the fourth most lucrative crime across the globe.