EU Wildlife Crime Workshop: Best practices, conclusions and recommendations

In 2022, the SWiPE project organized the first intersectorial EU Wildlife Crime Workshop in Madrid. More than 120 wildlife crime experts and law enforcement representatives from 20 countries met at the conference to exchange knowledge and improve cross-border collaboration. This report summarises the analysis and contributions provided by all the participants of the workshop to improve the different steps that lead to the effective prosecution of wildlife crimes.

From June 28 to June 30th 2022, the European Wildlife Crime Workshop gathered representatives and experts from all links of the enforcement chain, from police officers to prosecutors and judges, taking into account the crucial role of crime scientists, conservationists and NGOs. This interagency meeting provided a fruitful space for networking and dialogue.

The organiser of the workshop, WWF Spain, has prepared a report with the main conclusions reached by participants and examples of best practices shared during the workshop. A series of recommendations to tackle wildlife crime at a national and pan-european level, based on a survey among the participants, are also included.