Wildlife: Loss, Damage, & Sanctions
Illegal wildlife trade is a leading driver of biodiversity loss. The WILDS Project, funded by the UK Government Defra's Illegal Wildlife Challenge Fund, proposes an alternative legal pathway to the weak fines and sanctions typically levered against the perpetrators of wildlife crimes. It explores liability for environmental harm which, following the "polluter pays principle", seeks to holds the perpetrators of wildlife crimes responsible for the environmental harm they cause. It provides the conceptual, technical and legal clarity needed to enable the world’s first civil liability suit for illegal wildlife trade.
The WILDS team is a diverse group of ecologists, lawyers, economists, communicators and activists - across many countries and sectors, with a particular focus on Indonesia. We actively invite new collaborators and co-authors.