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Factsheet about sturgeon trafficking

LIFE Danube for Sturgeons project compiled this factsheet about critically endangered sturgeon trafficking. The findings are based on a unique compilation of evidence revealing the threat of wildlife trafficking on the sturgeon populations in the lower Danube regions. The factsheet provides methodologies of their final report, results and conclusions, and recommendations.

Evidence for trafficking of critically endangered sturgeon in the lower Danube Region

A WWF report of the LIFE for Danube Sturgeons project demonstrating the occurrence of sturgeon trafficking in the Lower Danube Region, specifically in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. It also provides first-time evidence of the scale of poaching and illegal trade, including in wild-caught sturgeons. Its findings were reached by combining official data on illegal fishing […]

LIFE for Danube Sturgeons

The project focused on saving sturgeons. Despite strict legal protection, illegal fishing and trade in meat and caviar from wild sturgeons still endanger the flagship of the Danube. Seven organisations from six countries teamed up to better protection of sturgeons. Together with fishing communities, alternative income sources were researched and developed to reduce the dependency […]

LIFE BalkanDetox Mortalily database

Illegal wildlife poisoning incidents across the Balkans are recorded in this database. Such a tool can provide a more precise overview of the problem, enabling combating wildlife poisoning to implement more accurate anti-poisoning actions to tackle this severe threat.

POP Center Wilderness Problems

The Center’s mission is to advance the concept and practice of problem-oriented policing (POP) in open and democratic societies. Applying this approach to wilderness problems enables law enforcement agencies and other interested organisations such as conservation NGOs to restructure how they identify and solve problems that threaten the sustainability of ecosystems.

European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE)

Established in 1977, FACE represents the interests of Europe’s 7 million hunters as an international non-profit-making non-governmental organisation. FACE upholds the principle of sustainable use and has been a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 


This project aims to create a non-binding, practical instrument for prosecutors and judges to value ecological damages in court.


The project’s multidisciplinary approach brings together all the key players working to tackle environmental crime; AMBITUS ensures collaboration on a transnational level concerning waste trafficking, trafficking of endangered species and illegal logging.