How Tech Can Curb Illicit Trade in Africa's Endangered Wildlife

As 2,500 people converge on Panama for the World Wildlife Conference from November 14, two leading international officials responsible for ensuring sustainable trade in wildlife outline how both to protect endangered species and to ensure efficient trading. In a guest column for AllAfrica, Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and Shamika N. Sirimanne, Director of Technology and Logistics at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), advocate the wider use of digital technologies to help conserve the planet's endangered species.

Earlier in 2022, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on world leaders to end the "senseless and suicidal war against nature". Technological advancements have now created solutions to help stop this war and improve humanity's relationship with the natural world. Digital technology exists to help us to know what is happening in the world and to make better informed decisions about how to live in harmony with our rich but fragile ecosystems.


Despite being heavily protected, the pangolin is trafficked more than any other mammal in the world (file photo).

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