Investigating illegal wildlife trade: innovative approaches to inform global conservation policy

The illegal wildlife trade is arguably considered the largest illegitimate business after narcotics and is threatening the persistence of thousands of species globally. Currently, there is a global spotlight on combating illegal wildlife trade. A paucity of data on the scale and extent of the problem has thus far limited progress toward assessing the real impact illegal wildlife trade is having on biodiversity. In this project, we will address this limitation by using new data made available by project collaborators and data mined from social media platforms. Specifically, we will use this data to develop innovative analyses to expose the supply chain of the illegal wildlife trade in order to inform global conservation policy.

Funders: Academy of Finland and University of Helsinki


Social Media for Conservation Science

Social media data have been extensively used in numerous fields of science, but examples of their use in conservation science are still very limited. In this project, we aim to develop a generic methodological framework on how social media data could be useful for conservation science and practice, with a special focus on key biodiversity areas, national parks and local communities. We test the approaches in Finland and South Africa.

Funders: Koneen Säätiö