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Submitted by Julian Lee on
Roger, many thanks for your thoughtful comment. I like that you raise the cultural dimensions of wildlife and crimes committed against it. Traditionally, they get short shrift as they are intangible, hard to measure, and there are no "hard" returns to them. You may be interested in the work that Kai Chan, a professor at the University of British Columbia, is doing on the cultural aspects of ecosystems.
Knowing that you work in the tourism sector, I also believe there is a great deal the industry can do to advance the fight against wildlife crime. Given that in many countries, tourism is to a significant extent nature-based, the industry should have a vested interest in conservation. It therefore should be in a position to advocate with governments for protection, and think creatively about how it can play a constructive role in preventing wildlife crime. That also extends to the tourism industry's government counterparts, which in many countries could improve their collaboration with more traditionally conservation-focused agencies (and other services, whether justice, security or financial) to jointly fight wildlife crime.

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