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Curbing wildlife trafficking in Uganda: lessons for practitioners

Kassa, Saba and Costa, Jacopo and Lugolobi, Robert and Baez Camargo, Claudia. (2020) Curbing wildlife trafficking in Uganda: lessons for practitioners. Policy Brief, (5). Basel.

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Abstract

This policy brief summarises the main findings from extensive field research on the drivers, facilitators and strategies of wildlife trafficking in Uganda. It translates the insights described in Working Paper 33: A worm's-eye view of wildlife trafficking in Uganda into recommendations for practitioners and policymakers. The research shows that individuals engaging in the first stages of the trading route are driven predominantly by aspirations of wealth to overcome socio-economic hardships. This is reinforced by stereotypes that depict wildlife trade as benign and legitimate. The trafficking is also facilitated by weak governance systems that generate high levels of corruption and impunity. In such a context, opportunistic strategies sustain the operations of organised transnational wildlife trafficking networks, not least because of the availability of a ready pool of accomplices who can be co-opted to facilitate the effective consolidation, concealment and corrupt cover of high volumes of wildlife products. Policymakers who wish to reduce the attractiveness of Uganda for organised wildlife trafficking networks are advised to consider these factors when designing their interventions.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Basel Institute on Governance
UniBasel Contributors:Kassa, Saba and Costa, Jacopo and Baez-Camargo, Claudia
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:Basel Institute on Governance
ISSN:2624-9669
Number of Pages:5
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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