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”

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