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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08441: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 28 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what part it plays in international (a) projects and (b) groups that tackle wildlife crime.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 13 April 2017

Work is being undertaken at the Scottish Government’s Scottish Advice for Science and Agriculture (SASA) on international projects to develop resources for DNA-based species identification in illegally traded species such as rhinos and pangolin. SASA are also co-organising the Society for Wildlife Forensic Sciences international conference in Edinburgh in June. This event will bring together wildlife forensic scientists, law enforcement officers and policy-makers from around the world.

The Scottish Government also provides funding to the National Wildlife Crime Unit, based in Stirling, which provides investigative support across all UK police forces to tackle wildlife crime.