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Wildlife Trade Symposium: Evolving Perspectives on the demand for illegal wildlife products

The Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade aims to provide an international hub for interdisciplinary research on the illegal wildlife trade, and foster strong partnerships across sectors, particularly through its Wildlife Trade Symposia. Evolving Perspectives on the Demand for Illegal Wildlife Products is our first symposium to be held in Oxford, on the 25th-27th September 2017.

The illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade is a major and growing threat to biodiversity, contributing to severe population declines. Annually, hundreds of millions of plants and animals are traded and derived into numerous products, consumed for different motivations and values, such as medicinal, food, gifting and cultural. The symposium will share approaches to better understand and address this challenge, present case studies to highlight the complexities of this work and how the consumer demand side of the trade links to the supply side of the trade, and offer opportunities to discuss practical and pragmatic possibilities to move forward.

This three-day event will be an opportunity for people with a common interest, but from different disciplines, backgrounds and institutions to connect with one another, facilitating knowledge exchange, raising awareness of potential synergies and collaborations, and catalyse new initiatives and partnerships.

Our symposium is aimed at providing a much-needed opportunity for people to work together more effectively within the wildlife trade field, helping to build a cohesive network of individuals and organisations and to bridge the gap between academia and practice.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Welcome and opening remarks and Introduction to Open Space E.J. Milner-Gulland, Co-Director of Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade welcomes delegates to the programme's first symposium, co-hosted by San Diego Zoo Global and TRAFFIC. Jenny Glikman, E J Milner-Gulland 27 Nov 2017
2 Theme 1: Diverse approaches to illegal wildlife trade research: Kelly Malsch Kelly Malsch, Head of Species Programme at UNEP-WCMC introduces herself as the moderator for the first theme of the day, Diverse approaches to illegal wildlife trade research, as well as the speakers who will present. Kelly Malsch 27 Nov 2017
3 Catalysing social and behavior change: Steven Broad Steven Broad Executive Director, TRAFFIC, gives a talk for the symposium on creating and catalysing social and behavioural change. Steven Broad 27 Nov 2017
4 Exploring cultural values and preferences Elizabeth Davies gives a talk for the symposium exploring cultural values and preferences surrounding the illegal wildlife trade. Elizabeth Davies 28 Nov 2017
5 Mapping the emerging online trade Joss Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, gives a talk for the symposium on mapping the online illegal wildlife trade. Joss Wright 28 Nov 2017
6 Theme 1 panel Q and A: Diverse approaches to illegal wildlife trade research Panel discussion looking at the first theme's panel. With Kelly Malsch, Head of Species Programme, UNEP WCMC, Steven Broad, Executive Director, TRAFFIC, Elizabeth Davis and Joss Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University. Joss Wright, Kelly Malsch, Steven Broad, Elizabeth Davis 28 Nov 2017
7 Not by legality alone: Addressing shark overexploitation in Indonesia Hollie Booth, Sharks and Rays Advisor, SE Asia Archipelago, WCS Indonesia, gives a talk for the symposium on her research in Indonesia and the overexploitation of sharks. Hollie Booth 28 Nov 2017
8 Down to the bone: South Africa’s lion trade conundrum Michael 't Sas-Rolfes, fellow of the Oxford Martin Programme on Illegal Wildlife Trade, gives a talk for the symposium on his research on South Africa's lion trade. Michael 't Sas-Rolfes 28 Nov 2017
9 Theme 2 panel Q and A: Linking supply and demand for wildlife products Panel discussion looking at theme 2 of the symposium. With Professor David Macdonald, founding Director of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), Hollie Booth, Sharks and Rays Advisor, SE Asia Archipelago, WCS Indonesia, David Macdonald, Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes, P Siriwat, Hollie Booth 28 Nov 2017
10 Human and conservation benefits through sustainable trade in wild plants Anastasiya Timoshyna, Programme Leader, Medicinal Plants, TRAFFIC, gives a talk for the symposium on her research on sustainable wildlife trade. Anastasiya Timoshyna 28 Nov 2017
11 Traditional Chinese medicine and illegal wildlife trade Lixin Huang, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, givesa talk for the symposium on traditional Chinese medicine and common misconceptions about it. Lixin Huang 28 Nov 2017
12 Theme 3 panel Q and A: Changing wildlife consumption onto a legal, sustainable path Panel discussion on theme 3 of the symposium. With Deborah Hembury, Rachel Ash, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lixin Huang, American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Anastasiya Timoshyna, Programme Leader, Medicinal Plants, TRAFFIC. Deborah Hembury, Lixin Huang, Anastasiya Timoshyna, Rachel Ash 28 Nov 2017
13 Evolving perspectives on the demand for illegal wildlife products Discussion and conclusions from the symposium, with, Ming Lee, Principal Investigator, Sun Yat-sen University, Wildlife trade issues in China and Southeast Asia, Bob Smith,Director, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), Naomi Doak, Ming Lee, Bob Smith, E J Milner-Gulland 28 Nov 2017