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 House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee published the Government’s response to its report of its inquiry into wildlife crime on 18 March 2013.
- The winner of the 2012 PAW Partner of the Year Award is the World Society for the Protection of Animals. WSPA were delighted to receive their award at the PAW Seminar on 12 February 2013 and were warmly congratulated by delegates.
- The Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richard Deverell launched Kew’s new ‘User’s Guide – CITES and Cacti’ at the PAW Seminar on 12 February 2013. This Guide is the fifth in a series of user-friendly tools for training CITES enforcement and policy agencies about CITES’s application to particular plant groups.
- New 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:
- The 2012 UK Wildlife Law Enforcer of the Year Award was won by PC John Baldwin of Cumbria Constabulary, with Sgt Rob Taylor of North Wales Police as runner-up. In addition a lifetime achievement award has been presented to Alan Smailes, for all his work to tackle wildlife crime in the Grampian police force area and across the whole of Scotland.