Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime
The Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) is a multi-agency body comprising representatives of the organisations involved in wildlife law enforcement in the UK.
It provides opportunities for statutory and non-Government organisations to work together to combat wildlife crime.
- The winner of the 2013 PAW Partner of the Year award is Ian Hutchison of Scottish Badgers. Ian’s award was announced at the PAW Open Seminar on 12 March 2014 and will be presented to him shortly. Also at the Seminar, Pete Charleston was presented with a Certificate of Commendation, recognising his achievements as the Bat Conservation Trust’s investigations officer.
- Home Office and Defra confirmed in February that they will be providing £500,000 of funding to secure the National Wildlife Crime Unit until 2016.
- More than 50 governments gathered in London on 13 February for the Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade. The Prime Minister hosted the Conference to galvanise international efforts to stem the rise in illegal wildlife trade over the last decade.
- The UK’s ‘Commitment to Action on Illegal Wildlife Trade’ was published on 5 February, setting out what the UK is doing to tackle the illegal trade.
- PAW Certificates of Merit have been presented to Sergeant Ian Knox of the Metropolitan Police and PC Jon Palfrey of Gloucestershire Police.
- The Conference also saw awards being presented celebrating the achievemements of wildlife law enforcers. The 2013 WWF Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year Award winner is PC John Wilbor of North Yorkshire Police; the 2013 WWF Wildlife Crime Operation of the Year award is the successful investigation and prosecution following river engineering works leading to pollution and the loss of many highly endangered freshwater pearl mussels in the River Lyon; and a WWF Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Sergeant Dave Knight of Devon and Cornwall Police.
- Maps showing bird of prey poisoning incidents in England and Wales over the period 2007-2011 were published on 12 February 2013. The mapping project is an action supported by all members of the PAW England & Wales Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group which includes the Police, National Wildlife Crime Unit, BASC, Countryside Alliance, Defra, the Moorland Association, Natural England, National Gamekeepers Organisation, Northern England Raptor Forum, RSPB and the Welsh Government. The maps and supporting information are published here: