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Exploitation versus overexploitation of wildlife: Challenges to overcome scientific uncertainties to warrant sustainable trade

Date: 
Mon, 11/12/2018 - 5:15pm
Meeting point: 
Poppelsdorfer Schloss
Location: 
Lecture hall
Event type: 
Lecture
Event series: 
Colloquium on evolution and biodiversity
Target group: 
Studierende
Lecturer: 
Dr. Mark Auliya, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Leipzig

The overexploitation of wildlife is considered as one of the major threats to biodiversity. While numerous species of flora and fauna are utilized domestically and internationally (questioning sustainability) without any legislative regulation, international trade in more than 35,000 species is regulated under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Despite the apparent regulation of many of these endangered species, trade has been legalized without knowledge on certain species-specific traits. In addition, several CITES species (where commercial trade is permitted) have been assessed as threatened in the IUCN Red List. The on-going international demand in lucrative CITES species and their products has also fuelled illegal trade activities. Overall, the level of scientific uncertainty appears blurry to understand the legalization of the international trade in wildlife.

On the basis of several species examples this presentation will highlight the complexity of this topic, and introduce current methodological approaches that can inform on sustainable off-takes. 

Contact person

Head of Section
+49 228 9122-241
+49 228 9122-295
h [dot] waegele [at] zfmk [dot] de

Biologisches Kolloquium

Prof. Dr. H. Wägele
Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn
 
Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde
Institut für Zoologie, Poppelsdorfer Schloss,
Meckenheimer Allee 169, 53115 Bonn
 
Ort: Großer Hörsaal, Poppelsdorfer Schloß
Zeit: montags, 17.15 Uhr
 

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