Polish officials meet for a workshop on wildlife crime

On 17-21 October 2022, a workshop on wildlife crime was held in Goniądz, Poland, by WWF Poland as part of the LIFE SWiPE project. The workshop brought together representatives from the tax and customs service, the police and the prosecutor’s office. Participants shared knowledge on, among other topics, identifying species listed in the Convention on […]

Wildlife crime in Poland

Wildlife crime is one of the leading causes of species extinction around the world. A report published by WWF Poland shows that Polish services are fighting an uphill battle against criminals. Between 2015 and 2020 alone, Polish customs officers seized more than 420,000 specimens of protected plant and animal species, and the police recorded 33,870 violations of […]

Romania started training courses for wildlife crime specialists

Fauna & Flora International, with the support of WWF Romania, organized the first two training sessions of the B6 activity for specialists in Romania. A total of 49 participants, namely prosecutors, judges, customs officers, police officers, gendarmes, Environmental Guard commissioners and representatives of the CITES management authority, attended the two trainings organized in Sarmizegetusa and […]

Wildlife crime in Ukraine

WWF Ukraine presents the first complex study to describe the overall picture of wildlife offences in Ukraine over the period 2015-2020. The information has been collected from official sources, and publicly available data sets, through public information requests, questionnaires, and communication with law enforcement and conservation experts. The report aims to summarize and compile available […]

Photojournalism to show the harsh reality of wildlife crime

Britta Jaschinski, award-winner photojournalist and wildlife photographer, presented her work at an event organized in Budapest by the SWiPE project about wildlife trafficking. During the event, held on 15 September 2022 at the Uránia National Film Theatre in Budapest, Hungary, Britta presented her work documenting wildlife crimes for decades. Following her presentation, a roundtable discussion […]

The SWiPE project awards the best initiative against wildlife crime

Daniel Garrido, dog trainer at Guardia Civil, received the prize from WWF Spain, in recognition of his work and commitment to the fight against wildlife crime. Prosecution of wildlife crimes greatly depends on the personal awareness, willingness, and commitment of those in charge of it, often facing insufficient resources. The SWiPE project wants therefore to […]

Wildlife crimes, devastating for Serbian biodiversity

The Serbian national report on wildlife crime published by WWF Adria-Serbia shows the frequency and harmful consequences of these crimes, but also provides recommendations to reduce them. The National Report on wildlife crimes in the Republic of Serbia, published by WWF, contains an overview of the legislative and institutional framework for the protection of wild […]

Wildlife crime in Croatia: national report launched

A new WWF report shows that wildlife crime in Croatia most often affects birds such as European goldfinch, large carnivores and protected marine species. WWF launched a national report which provides insights into the most common wildlife crimes in Croatia, the animal species that are most affected and recommendations for reducing and discouraging such crimes […]

Dolphins illegally killed for fancy food in Italy

The carcasses of two bottlenose dolphins have been recently found mutilated in Sardinia, Italy, to make “mosciame”, fillets of dried meat sold on the black market. Illegal trade and wildlife crime This episode is only the latest of many similar recorded in recent years and reveals the current extent of this serious crime. The motivation […]

European Wildlife Crime Workshop 

The SWiPE project organized the past June the EU WLC workshop for experts to review the latest wildlife crime findings and strengthen transnational working relations. Recent EU initiatives highlight the need for better enforcement of laws and enhanced prosecution to tackle wildlife crime, including improved cross-border cooperation. This workshop brought together leading experts in wildlife […]

WWF România publishes its national report on wildlife crime

More than 1200 specimens were affected by this criminal activity, only among protected species. The figure increases significantly when crimes involving unprotected species are taken into account. WWF Romania’s report provides an overview of wildlife crime on a national level, through an assessment of crimes and contraventions, but also of the institutional challenges faced by […]

WWF presents the first large-scale study on wildlife law violations in Bulgaria

Control authorities recorded only 2,818 injured wild animals in five years WWF Bulgaria publishes the first-ever study on the scale of wildlife law violations in Bulgaria, based on official information received from relevant institutions. The results show that endangered species enjoy significantly less protection than the so-called economically important species, i.e. those that can be […]

Criminalistic module in Croatia: better training for a better prosecution

The Criminalistic training module will help all relevant stakeholders, such as rangers, inspectors, police and customs officers, to detect and prevent crimes against wild species as successfully as possible in Croatia. One of the weaknesses identified in previous actions of the SWiPE project is the reduced capacity of stakeholders in the chain of prosecuting crimes […]

Exemplary sentence for illegal fishing of date mussels in Italy

The perpetrators have been condemned to up to 6 years of imprisonment and to compensate civil parties, such as WWF Italy, for the significant environmental damages caused WWF Italy, partner of the SWiPE project, welcomes an exemplary ruling issued today in Italy: the Court of Naples has condemned those responsible for the illegal fishing and […]

Online Event: The future of fighting against wildlife trafficking in Europe

SWiPE organized together with the European Bureau for Conservation and Development an online event to discuss opportunities for joint efforts to fight these crimes. The event was presented by MEP Eleonora Evi (Greens/EFA) and included the participation of representatives from relevant institutions as DG JUST (EC), CITES (DG ENV, EC), OCLAESP (French gendarmerie), WWF and […]

Poison sentinels, a demonstrative action to fight wildlife crime from the air

WWF Spain launches the campaign Poison Sentinels, a pilot case within the SWiPE project to show the potential of birds equipped with GPS devices to fight poisoning and other wildlife crimes. The illegal use of poisoned baits is a crime that kills animals indiscriminately, seriously threatens biodiversity and involves a hazard to public health. Perpetrators […]