Conference Illegal Wildlife Trade and the Funding of International Terrorism
During this one day Conference with a range of renowned speakers the focus will be on intelligence-led operations, the tracking of wildlife contraband and the funding of global terrorist networks and transnational criminal organisations.
Although it's almost impossible to obtain reliable and comprehensive (annual) figures for the value of criminal wildlife trade it estimated, by experts, that the poaching for ivory, skins and bones annually runs into hundreds of millions of dollars.
Numerous species are currently overexploited and, therefore, illegal wildlife trade should be considered as a considerable (and direct) threat to the survival of many of these threatened species. Additionally the nexus between wildlife trafficking and terrorism (and militancy) will be outlined throughout the conference.
The first four(4) speakers confirmed their participation:
- Dr. Nicholas Ridley, PhD (UK/Liverpool John Moore University and former London Metropolitan Police and EUROPOL analyst) will be one of the speakers who will elaborate on wildlife trafficking and the 'funding of regional and international terrorism'.
- Dr. Juul Gooren, PhD, LLM, MsC (The Hague University of Applied Sciences and visiting scholar of the Metropolitan State University of Denver) will lecture on 'Green Criminology'.
- Wesley Visscher (CEO Scent Imprint Conservation Dogs) will lecture on 'wildlife tracking' and the vital and prominent role of K9 Conservation dogs (a 'live' K9-demonstration will be given during the conference).
- Michel Grobbe, MSc (Scientific Advisor Scent Imprint Conservation Dogs) will lecture on conservation odorology ('the science of smells') and the use of visual tracking techniques for conservation and anti-poaching operations. Additionally Michel will include a brief live 'demonstration' of the aforementioned 'tracking techniques'.
- Drs. Tomas Olivier, MA, ATO (COO Twickelerveld Intelligence and Investigations and former Intelligence Officer Dutch Ministry of Defence) will act as the conference moderator.