Poachers, Pirates and Wildlife Crime: Improving coordination of the global response

Olga Biegus, Christian Bueger


This article aims at identifying how the global response to poaching can be improved and what role South Africa might play in it. To do so, we examine the emerging global wildlife crime regime and the challenges it faces. To offer an understanding of how governance could be improved, we ask how the success in curbing another transnational crime can serve as an example of international coordination. Through a comparison, we aim at identifying core dimensions by which the coordination of counter-poaching can be improved. Our conclusion stresses the importance of a more focussed, inclusive and experimental account. We end in outlining a number of core issues that South Africa should start to consider in its policies towards wildlife crime.


international wildlife crime; poaching; Southern Africa; Somali piracy;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2413-3108/2017/v0n60a1724


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