The CITES Animals Committee side event of the International Alliance against Health Risk in Wildlife Trade

During this year’s meeting of the CITES Animals Committee, the Alliance and its work was showcased at a side event. This was made possible by the support of many of our amazing members, including Humane Society International, IUCN, WWF, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime, Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA), International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) and Born Free Foundation. The event was chaired by Sue Liebermann from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), who introduced the Alliance to around 80 external participants who attended the side event, which allowed the Alliance to showcase its achievements on an international stage.  

The session successfully introduced the Alliance to many new stakeholders. From structural matters and our vision and mission to the many funded projects and initiatives on the ground, the presentation summarised all the remarkable developments of the Alliance over the past two years, with many participants expressing their appreciation for being introduced to the Alliance. We look forward to supporting more events of this kind and encourage you to spread the word so that our community can continue to grow and develop internationally. Special thanks to Sue Liebermann for leading this very successful side event!

If you want to read more about what the Alliance is about: Alliance Introduction at CITES AC

Without evaluation, there is no way to distinguish the worthwhile from the worthless

First outcome working group Effective Interventions & Evaluation 

The Alliance envisions a world where evaluative thinking empowers effective decision-making for wildlife, domestic animal, human, and ecosystem health and safety. But what is does that mean for our work? Evaluation is crucial for risk reduction programs in the wildlife trade, helping design effective interventions, allocate resources, and demonstrate accountability. Program evaluations strengthen interventions, contribute to evidence-based decisions, and foster critical thinking. While challenges exist due to the trade’s complexity, the Alliance aims to connect organizations and individuals to facilitate reliable program evaluations.

As a first result of the Alliance working group Effective Interventions & Evaluation, we share with you an Evaluation Primer that addresses the evaluation gap for health issues related to wildlife trade and seeks to raise awareness about systematic evaluation.

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