The Project
wildLIFEcrime

Illegal wildlife persecution is not only a problem in distant parts of the world, but also here in Europe. Illegal practices such as shooting, trapping and poisoning endanger protected species. As a transnational EU LIFE project, wildLIFEcrime is actively committing to the protection of wild animals in Germany and Austria. In cooperation with 13 partners, we aim to achieve a lasting reduction in wildlife crime. Learn more about our mission.

Project duration

September 2023 – August 2028

Number of project partners

13

Active in

Germany, Austria

Prevention

Our holistic approach aims to address not only the impact but also the causes of illegal wildlife persecution in order to prevent it from happening in the first place. This includes both the promotion of research to understand the motives behind such crimes as well as the implementation of proven active conflict management strategies in areas of particularly high activity. By taking a holistic approach, we aim to create long-term solutions to ensure the protection of affected wildlife.

Increasing the reporting rate

The detection and reporting of illegal acts against wildlife is of considerable importance. In this context, we are focussing on strengthening the capacities of existing structures and reporting platforms in order to identify, document and report potential cases more effectively. In addition, a centralised case database will be set up on the website.

Optimising technical and forensic processes

By expanding our capacities and networks, continuously developing our reporting platforms and databases and constantly optimising forensic methods, we strive to improve police investigations and forensic examinations. A targeted transfer of knowledge ensures that the latest expertise and best practices can be applied effectively.

Strengthening knowledge among police, public prosecutors and judges

Our work includes tailored training programmes for different target groups as well as practice-oriented guidelines to clarify complex legal issues. An extensive case database serves as an important resource for learning from real-life situations and identifying best practices. By networking key players along the criminal prosecution chain, we promote the exchange of information and cooperation to improve criminal prosecution.

Improving the legal framework

We carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the legal framework, analyse shortcomings and obstacles and develop concrete proposals for improvement. We actively integrate political decision-makers into the process. Our aim is to make information relating to species conservation accessible in order to spark interest and raise awareness. Challenges and solutions should be a regular topic of dialogue between authorities, project partners and other stakeholders.

13 Partners, 1 Mission

Our work to combat wildlife crime would not be possible without the dedicated cooperation of our diverse partner consortium. We value the expertise and relentless commitment of each partner and are proud to work together to combat wildlife crime in Germany and Austria.

Project milestones

Report case

Project launch

September
2023

Project launch

In September, the EU LIFE-funded wildLIFEcrime project was launched with 13 partners in Germany and Austria, planned for five years with a budget of almost 5 million euros.

September
2023

Kick-off meeting in Munich

End of November
2023

Kick-off meeting in Munich

The partners gathered for an initial meeting to lay the foundations for the project work by discussing internal processes and the general course of the project.

End of November
2023

Go-live of the project website

End of February
2024

Go-live of the project website

Our project website has been online since the end of February with a wide range of useful information. Discover everything about our mission, goals and ongoing activities now.

End of February
2024

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