In recent months, the European Commission has taken radical action to tackle deforestation in the Carpathian region. But this legislation goes beyond simply addressing non-compliance: the measures also trigger serious changes in national legislation and advance the criminalisation of environmental offences, argues George Iordăchescu.
The EPRS briefing on coronavirus and the wildlife trade was published this month.
The piece, written by Amy McDermott for the PNAS Journal Club blog, reviews findings from the authors' recent publication in World Development journal.
Evidence shows that rampant deforestation will worsen the frequency and intensity of future global pandemics. Yet implementing indiscriminate bans on timber harvesting and trade will have an immediate and serious impact on already vulnerable environments and livelihoods, as well being ineffective in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In 'The geopolitical ecology of conservation: The emergence of illegal wildlife trade as national security interest and the re-shaping on US foreign conservation assistance', Massé and Margulies develop a geopolitical ecology of conservation to understand shifts in foreign assistance to biodiversity conservation.
The talk, titled 'Illegal Logging and Timber Trade: Towards a political ecology of spectacular deforestation in the Carpathians' focused on civil society's involvement in environmental campaigns, forest crime and illicit business in the forestry sector.
The BIOSEC team have used insights from their research to provide feedback on the 2016 EU Action Plan Against Wildlife Trafficking.
White Rose Brussels event report released: IWT in Europe - Wild Birds & Caviar. The Knowledge Exchange Roundtable took place on 22 Jan 2020 at the European Parliament, Brussels.
On the day of the UK's departure from the European Union, Teresa Lappe-Osthege and Hannah Dickinson reflect on their recent IWT Knowledge Exchange at the European Parliament.
Welcome to BIOSEC & Bubbles, our new podcast mini-series! Presented by Laure Joanny and featuring contributions from BIOSEC team members, guest academics and researchers, the series takes an in-depth look at the key issues facing conservation and illegal wildlife trade.