Wildlife Economy Research


The research component of our wildlife Economy Programme aims to generate new insights and understanding of policy and practice. Research of sustainable wild use and trade at the ecosystem and species levels are a priority.

For example, there is a lack of research on the social, economic and legal modalities needed to liberalise trade in a wild species listed on CITES Appendix 1. There is also a lack of research on the policy coherence needed among the myriad of trade and biodiversity agreements to enable the sustainable, legal trade of wildlife products.


Working papers


A Post-2015 Development Agenda for Wild Trade
Earthmind – July 2015 – “We need to understand whether the provision of goods and services from the wilds can be sustained with the increasing demands of our ever growing and more prosperous species. One place to start is to understand the policy space for wild trade in the post-2015 development agenda.”

The SDGs, the trade in wild good and services, and CITES
Earthmind – 2016 – “The CITES Parties may want to review where the sustainable use of wildlife and wilderness is addressed in the SDGs and explore the specific linkages to the international trade in wild goods and services.”