The workshop was opportunity for the EPPA Beneficiaries to share knowledge and experience with experts from Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal and Spain. It has brought expertise from CITES Management and Enforcement Authorities, the European Commission, DG Environment, CITES Secretariat and academia.
Participants discussed several issues regarding combatting illegal wildlife:
- Role of enforcement authority and customs as well as cooperation with all relevant stakeholders,
- Reporting requirements under the CITES Convention,
- Key instruments available (Interpol, Europol, Eurojust, ICCWC, regional WENs),
- Trade, administrative and criminal sanctions for non-compliance with the Convention,
- Verification of CITES permits and certificates, examples of forged documents,
- Case studies of seizures, confiscations and investigations as well as importance of licenced rescue centres and their capacity to keep seized animals,
- Importance of inter-agency and international cooperation
- Learning opportunities on the CITES website.
The 3rd capacity building workshop in the subject for enforcement authorities will be held in September 2021.