Global Risk Governance programme
New article examining Illicit supply networks (ISNs) which are composed of coordinated human actors that source, transit, and distribute illicitly traded goods to consumers, while also creating widespread social and environmental harms. Annette Hubschle of the GRGp was one of the authors.
“Crime Spot meets SHERLOC”, is a new podcast on organized crime, in partnership with UNODC’s SHERLOC Portal. Dr. Annette Hübschle talks about the intricate inner workings of Rhino kingpins in Africa and Asia and the logistics of their illegal hunting operations.
A rhino poaching war uncovers a hidden system of dominance in The Invisible Hand. Georgina Savage returns to her birth country of South Africa to document her family's fight against rhino extinction. Input from GRG's Annette Hubschle.
The Ethics of Online Research into Illicit Trade of Cultural and Natural Resources online conference will take place online from 5-6 August, 2021. Diāna Bērziņa, Maastricht University & Dr Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town's presentation will be on "Moving from immersed field-based ethnographies to studying digital marketplaces".
Annette Hubschle is the African and wildlife trafficking lead on the European Research Council-funded TRANSFORM project, short for Trafficking transformations: objects as agents in transnational criminal networks. Trafficking represents serious transnational crime which challenges our physical, social, economic security. Existing policy is ineffective at reducing the flow of many illicit commodities.
Several southern African countries have implemented community-focused conservation management approaches with varying levels of success. Community-based approaches are recognised as requiring long-term commitment and resources through genuine partnerships between local people and protected areas (PAs). The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) South Africa Khetha programme, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), embarked on a research project to better understand the relationship between local people and PAs, test perceptions and find leverage points for enhancing neighbourly relations. A second line of inquiry looked into perceptions of safety and security of local communities living in the research area, within the context of high levels of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) taking place in the landscape.
Immediate kangaroo mother care, which involves skin-to-skin contact with the mother and exclusive breastfeeding, started as soon as a preterm or low birthweight baby is born, dramatically improves survival. This has now been shown to be vastly superior to separation (incubators) in terms of survival of low birth weight neonates. Dr. Barak Morgan, a GRG member, was part of the team of researchers who took part in this clinical trial, results of which are published in New England Journal of Medicine.
Annette Hübschle and Sophie Rathmell wrote an Op-Ed, in the Daily Maverick, "Our Burning Planet" section, on 3 June 2021. They write, "Our objection is coupled with a plea to employ the precautionary principle to protect the largest cross-border elephant herd from the harmful actions linked not only to seismic surveying but also from the ongoing exploratory oil and gas drilling in Namibia."
Canadian oil and gas company ReconAfrica has submitted an application for an environmental clearance certificate to Namibia’s environmental commissioner to conduct 2D seismic surveys in the northeastern Kavango regions.