Revision of the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

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Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Caroline VERHELST / Lukáš ĎURECH
  3. Contact

Background

Illegal trade in wild plants and animals remains a significant threat to nature, native species and human well-being. It contributes to the decline of biodiversity, threatens the livelihoods of local communities and endangered species, undermines global security and the rule of law, and poses risks to public health.

In line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 and contributing to the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Commission will revise the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking adopted in 2016 to strengthen the fight against illegal wildlife trade within the EU and at global level.

The revision of the EU action plan against wildlife trafficking will help EU institutions and Member States to intensify their efforts to address persistent and emerging challenges to combat wildlife trafficking. The initiative aims to increase transparency and cooperation with stakeholders, proposes new legal and policy tools to tighten and better enforce EU legislation related to wildlife trafficking, focuses on capacity-building along the entire enforcement chain and will continue to coordinate measures and EU policies to fight against illegal wildlife trade.