Days of the Year: INTERPOL supporting global action on World Wildlife Day


World Wildlife Day dawned. Met dusk. Then midnight saw it off.

Few people noticed it come or go. Every day is a world ‘something’ day. Hugh Paxton’s Blog suspects there soon won’t be any days left unclaimed! Probably aren’t already. Having a day is a great idea. Claiming it on the world’s behalf is a bit cocky.

Our days are becoming a bit congested! In India I noted that there is a World sparrow day. This good idea of naming days is likely to founder because of overcrowding. Then somebody will think of months! Only twelve unclaimed – move fast say I!

INTERPOL noted World Wildlife Day.

Here are their words:

From: Environmental Crime []
Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2016 10:52 PM
Subject: INTERPOL supporting global action on World Wildlife Day

Dear Colleagues,

Please find below the latest INTERPOL press release relating to World Wildlife Day.

Best regards,

Environmental Crime Programme
Environmental Security Sub-Directorate

INTERPOL General Secretariat
200 Quai Charles de Gaulle
69006 Lyon, France
E: environmentalcrime

INTERPOL supporting global action on World Wildlife Day

LYON, France – INTERPOL is supporting World Wildlife Day as part of the Organization’s continued commitment to law enforcement efforts in promoting environmental security.

Linked to crimes including money laundering, firearms smuggling, drug trafficking and corruption, wildlife crime poses a significant threat to the safety and security of communities, as well as their economic development.

Together with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and World Customs Organization (WCO), INTERPOL is a member of the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime, creating a powerful alliance to fight wildlife crime.

“A collaborative effort is required to target the individuals and organized crime networks drawn by the low risk and high profits associated with wildlife crime,” said Tim Morris, INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services.

“We need to continue building law enforcement capacity around the world not just to protect today’s vulnerable communities but also to safeguard our heritage for future generations, as highlighted by the theme of this year’s World Wildlife Day, ‘The future of wildlife is in our hands’” added Mr Morris.

INTERPOL’s Wildlife Crime Working Group brings together specialized criminal investigators from around the world to develop international project-based activities and initiatives on an international level to maximize global impact.

During the past year, INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit has supported the efforts of all 190 member countries including issuing notices – four Blue, 11 Red and 21 Purple – for both wanted persons and to flag modus operandi linked to wildlife crimes, the deployment of nine Investigative Support Teams and the coordination of two global operations.

Involving some 17 countries in Asia and beyond, the two-month long Operation Paws II (Protection of Asian Wildlife Species) targeted criminal networks including via cyber investigations, intelligence and DNA analysis, and joint enforcement activities involving police, customs and wildlife agencies.

Operation Worthy II which targeted ivory trafficking in Africa resulted in 376 arrests, the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of elephant ivory and rhino horn and the investigation of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade.

#SeriousAboutWildlifeCrime 2016 ICCWC videos

· English version

· French version

· Spanish version

· Arabic version

Wildlife Crime Working Group videos


· Bishan Singh Bonal, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, India


· Sheldon Jordan, Environnement et Changement climatique Canada




· Frances Craigie, Environmental Affairs, Republic of South Africa


· Davyth Stewart, INTERPOL Environmental Security programme

To unsubscribe from the INTERPOL Environmental Security news feed, please contact us at environmentalcrime.

This message, and any attachment contained, are confidential and subject of legal privilege. It may be used solely for the designated police/justice purpose and by the individual or entity to whom it is addressed. The information is not to be disseminated to another agency or third party without the author’s consent, and must not be retained longer than is necessary for the fulfilment of the purpose for which the information is to be used. All practicable steps shall be taken by the recipients to ensure that information is protected against unauthorised access or processing. INTERPOL reserves the right to enquire about the use of the information provided.
If you are not the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this message in error. In such a case, you should not print it, copy it, make any use of it or disclose it, but please notify us immediately and delete the message from any computer.

One Response to “Days of the Year: INTERPOL supporting global action on World Wildlife Day”

  1. wildopeneye Says:

    Reblogged this on Wild Open Eye – Natural Vision, News from Wild Open Eye and commented:
    Interpol’s contribution on Wildlife Day reminds us that the fight is on!

Comments are closed.