This conference titled ‘Bangkok Conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes and Attaining SDGs’ will delve into three key issues governments are facing in their efforts to address illegal taking, trading and trafficking of protected species, outline the available (technological, infrastructural, financial and governance) support for national governments to advance the whole-of the-state approach and institute a mechanism for enhanced international cooperation to systematically tackle the transnational organized crime spanning across the globe.
1. Science, Technology, and Innovations for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes
The role of science and technology in addressing wildlife and forest crimes is a well-discussed topic and there are ample evidences where spatial and non-spatial information has been used to monitor illegal trade and poaching. Though several technological initiatives have sprouted up showcasing conceptual models on how technology can address a given problem related to illegal wildlife crime, very few studies have actually been implemented and tested. This conference will bring to light the success stories in science and technology where its applications are being used by the governments and other stakeholders in addressing wildlife and forest crimes in real case scenarios.
2. Information Management for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes
Effective information management across borders and within national boundaries is critical to combat transnational organized crime as well as reporting progress for governments against their targets and commitments including SDGs. Imploring ideas for innovative technologies and approaches to fill probable data gaps, the capability to employ them, and the ways those new technologies and existing data infrastructure can be brought together or used in parallel to produce improved datasets are issues that need to be discussed. The conference will highlight the work of governments and other stakeholders in information management related to wildlife and forest crimes and the challenges they face.
3. Governance and Capacity Development Initiative for Addressing Wildlife and Forest Crimes
Successful implementation of SDGs and monitoring progress are dependent on good governance and organizational strength at all levels. There is a need to identify capacity gaps and develop and establish a capacity development program to equip relevant stakeholders with appropriate skills and techniques to ensure good governance. The conference will also highlight the role of UNDP and GEF in strengthening governance and capacity building in addressing wildlife and forest crimes.