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Consultation on the EU approach against Wildlife Trafficking

Policy field(s)


Environment – Nature and Biodiversity / Wildlife trade
Fight against organized crime
Development Support
EU External Action

Target group(s)


Contributions are sought from international and regional organizations, national ministries and enforcement authorities, the judiciary, the private sector and civil society who are involved in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.

Period of consultation


                        From 07.02.2014  to 10.04.2014

Objective of the consultation



The public consultation aims to seek the contributions of the above target groups to the debate on how to tackle better the key challenges and the role of the EU in the future approach against wildlife trafficking, both regarding action at EU and at global level.

View the consultation document

Contact details


responsible service

European Commission, Directorate-General for the Environment, Unit ENV.E.2 - Global Sustainability, Trade and Multilateral Agreements




postal address

European Commission
DG Environment, Unit ENV.E.2 - Global Sustainability, Trade and Multilateral Agreements
1049 Brussels

Reason why the consultation period is less than 12 weeks


The stakeholder consultation is a first step which aims at assisting the European Commission in identifying challenges in the current EU approach against wildlife trafficking and possible solutions. The consultation will be complemented by a stakeholder conference on 10 April 2014 which will involve representatives of the different target groups. For this conference, having preliminary results of the public consultation will be crucial so as to allow meaningful discussions. Broad media activity for the launch of the stakeholder consultation will ensure that stakeholders are aware and can submit their contributions on time.

View the contributions


In the interests of transparency, organisations have been invited to provide the public with relevant information about themselves by registering in the Interest Representative Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct. If the organisation is not registered, the submission is published separately from the registered organisations.

Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE Group) and Vice-Chair of the ENVI Committee, initiated a petition in reply to the consultation. More than 2000 EU citizens have signed up so far to this petition calling in particular for an EU Action Plan to stop wildlife trafficking.

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