Natural Resources

Addressing Illegal Trade in Natural Resources

15 December
14:00 - 15:30


TDS LIVE | Addressing Illegal Trade in Natural Resources

Session objectives 

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and supported by the commitments made in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), was adopted in September 2015. Among the set of global priorities, the Agenda includes reform of illegal and unsustainable resource extraction (including illegal fishing, and the poaching and trafficking of protected species) and promotion of sustainable marine and terrestrial resource use. 

As the attention of policy-makers and civil society turns to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, this session will:

  • Identify the distinct challenges associated with trade in illegal, unreported and unregulated fish catch, trade in illegally sourced timber, and trade in other wildlife (flora and fauna) that violates international agreements or domestic laws, as well the impact of these activities on different aspects of sustainable development (e.g. health, livelihoods, governance).
  • Explore how cooperative international trade policy measures by governments as well as private initiatives could help to address these challenges. 


  • Professor & Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit & OceanCanada Partnership Research Director, University of British Columbia
  • Wildlife Manager, Kenya Wildlife Services
  • Vice President for Species Conservation, African Wildlife Foundation
  • Legal Affairs and Trade Policy Unit of the CITES Secretariat - United Nations Environment Programme
  • Country Director, WWF Kenya


  • Senior Programme Officer, Environment and Natural Resources, ICTSD