HKU’s Conservation Forensics Lab finds customs coding systems for wildlife trade too vague to protect against abuse

By Eric Lee
Feb 23rd 2021

Top three import and export countries/territories for each wildlife trade category from 1997 to 2016 by total US$ trade value.

Led by PhD student Astrid Andersson, the research team from the HKU Conservation Forensics Lab and Research Division for Ecology and Biodiversity found that a sizeable percentage of the wildlife trade is declared under “vague, all-encompassing codes with broad descriptions.”

Research paper:
“CITES and beyond: illuminating 20 years of global, legal wildlife trade”
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989421000056

News links:
https://www.scifac.hku.hk/press/release/Legal-trade-conservation-forensics-labs

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/hkus-conservation-forensics-lab-reveals-thousands-of-species-traded-legally-through-hong-kong-with-inadequate-traceability-leading-to-unnoticed-over-exploitation-of-common-species/

http://www.hkcd.com/content/2021-02/21/content_1250142.html

https://hongkongfp.com/2021/02/01/hku-research-finds-customs-coding-systems-for-wildlife-trade-too-vague-to-protect-against-abuse/

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/article/3123320/how-can-illegal-wildlife-trade-be-curbed-if-we-dont-know-which-animals