Wildlife trafficking — EU action plan

SUMMARY OF:

European Commission communication (COM(2016) 87 final) — EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

SUMMARY

WHAT DOES THIS COMMUNICATION DO?

KEY POINTS

The action plan comprises 32 measures to be carried out between 2016 and 2020 by the EU, which will be carried out by each of the 28 EU countries (1). It focuses on 3 key aspects:

BACKGROUND

Wildlife trafficking is one of the most profitable criminal activities worldwide. It has serious effects on biodiversity and a negative impact on the rule of law due to its close links with corruption. It plays an increasing role in financing militia and terrorist groups.

The EU is a destination, source and a transit region for wildlife trafficking. On all these counts, it has a pivotal role to play in eradicating this illegal trade.

For more information, see ‘The EU Approach to Combat Wildlife Trafficking’ on the European Commission’s website.

ACT

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking (COM(2016) 87 final of 26.2.2016)

RELATED ACTS

Commission Staff Working Document: Analysis and evidence in support of the EU action plan against wildlife trafficking accompanying the document Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions — EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking (SWD(2016) 38 final of 26.2.2016)

Strengthening cooperation with business sectors against illegal trade in wildlife — Final Report. Report for EC DG Environment, 13 November 2015.

last update 02.05.2016



(1) The United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union and becomes a third country (non-EU country) as of 1 February 2020.