A Stakeholder - Focused Reflection of the Macaw trade on Trinidad

 

Summary:

The Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Program proposes to host an interactive session to publicly present, discuss, and reflect upon research findings from its on-going investigation into the illegal pet trade of Blue and Gold Macaws (BGMs) in Trinidad.

Interactive Session

Part of the Concurrent sessions

10:00:00 AM to 11:50:00 AM

Prof. Kimberly A Wishart Chu Foon. Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) and the University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Bernadette L. Plair

Aliya Hosein

Mark C.G. Gibson

Max Capacity: 100

Minimum Required: 20

 

Details:

The proposed interactive session shall have three objectives:

1) To present to the LACA/SCB community and key local stakeholders, the CLiC Macaw project’s initial research findings from its on-going investigation into the illegal pet trade of Blue and Gold Macaws (BGMs) in Trinidad. Interviews with law enforcement officials, focus groups, and informant interviews have provided data on domestic poaching, illegal pet sales, international trafficking, and unlicensed ownership of BGMs in Trinidad.

2) To generate discussion on the project's current research findings among a panel of key local stakeholders, and then among the broader LACA/SCB community. Discussion topics shall include: reactions to the findings, alternative interpretations, and insights for future research and reducing the illegal BGM trade.

3) To generate collaborative reflection among the attendees on the implications of the CLiC Macaw Project’s research findings and the CLiC Program’s operational model for wildlife conservation elsewhere in LAC region. Very little is known about the illegal wildlife trade in Latin America and the Caribbean, and little effort is currently expended on the part of conservation researchers to study this trade.

A session of this nature is of great importance as it will allow emerging ideas and findings on the topic to be presented in a public forum for the first time, and also give interested persons the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions on the illegal pet trade.