Wildlife Trafficking

Past Programs and Projects

Wildlife Trafficking

Valued at $8 to $10 billion annually, wildlife trafficking finances criminal networks and terrorist groups, including the Lord’s Resistance Army and al-Shabaab. The foundation of Stimson’s work on Wildlife Trafficking is Project Ngulia, a capacity-building project in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya. Between 2013-2017, Stimson worked with partners across sectors and in several continents to develop a command, control, and communications (C3) system to enhance the rangers’ ability to enforce the reserve. While research, analysis, and publications often comprise the core the work done by think tanks, this project embodies Stimson’s model of implementing ideas in the real world. 


Research and Analysis

February 5, 2018

On October 23, 2017 the Stimson Center, United States Department of State, and Michigan State University co-hosted a workshop on leveraging geospatially-enabled information to combat wildlife trafficking, one of the largest illicit markets in the world.

March 14, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

March 14, 2017

This post is part of the Natural Security Forum blog, which provides quick analysis from the Natural Security Forum team and outside contributors.

March 8, 2017 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

In September 2013, a Stimson Center team visited Tsavo West National Park, home to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, a 100-square-kilometer reserve which, at the time, held around 60 of Kenya’s 650 black rhinos.

May 14, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Big things are happening in the world of wildlife preservation.

April 27, 2016 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

The Stimson Center is bridging the divide between environmental crime, global security, and smart technology. The Center’s research and analysis is driving policy conversations in the U.S.

December 8, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced a wildlife crime bill in the United States Senate today. This is an important milestone to fight wildlife crime. 

December 7, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

“I’m sorry, but I don’t care if Dumbo takes one to the head,” said one senior European law enforcement official to a colleague at an international meeting on transnational organized crime earlier this year. 

April 17, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Poaching has a long history in the United States and abroad, with armed conflicts dating back to the 

March 3, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Since September 2013, the Stimson Center has participated in a wildlife security project researching, evaluating, and deploying technology and innovation in response to the current poaching and wildlife crime crisis.

February 19, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

Deputy Director for Stimson's Managing Across Boundaries initiative Johan Bergenas outlines the work being done in the coming weeks in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and other partners to improve management of security threats in preventing environmental crime.

February 10, 2015 | EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

One year ago President Obama released a strategy for combating wildlife trafficking. Managing Across Boundaries Deputy Director Johan Bergenas discusses how Stimson has answered the president’s call through an innovative project to combat poaching in East Africa.

February 6, 2015 | EXPERT: Ariella Knight , EXPERT: Johan Bergenas

For decades, politicians have left the responsibility to protect the world’s natural resources to environmental organizations and aid agencies.

September 24, 2014

Last night at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting, Secretary Hillary Clinton revealed a number of new Commitments to Action.
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