Johan Bergenas quoted in Washington Free Beacon on national policy to combat wildlife trafficking
February 14, 2014
Obama Admin Reveals New Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
The Obama administration has unveiled a new strategy to combat wildlife trafficking that threatens endangered species and lines the pockets of some of the world's most notorious criminals and terrorist groups.
The White House released a "National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking" on Tuesday that aims to strengthen enforcement and cooperation with partner countries and reduce demand for illegally traded wildlife. The strategy includes a ban on the U.S. commercial trade of elephant ivory, which is illegal to traffic and is very valuable on the African and Asian black markets.
Johan Bergenas, deputy director of the Stimson Center's Managing Across Boundaries initiative and an expert on wildlife trafficking, said in an email that while the new White House strategy is an "important" step, more needs to be done on a local level in countries.