Experts' profiles - Tom De Meulenaer
Tom De Meulenaer
Tom De Meulenaer works for the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES). In April 2007, he moved from the CITES Secretariat in Geneva to the UNEP premises in Gigiri to coordinate an important CITES programme called Monitoring the illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE), which is largely funded by the EU Commission. MIKE monitors the conservation status of and threats to African and Asian elephants in some 90 sites in 42 countries on the two continents. It provides data on trends in levels of illegal killing of elephants, and their relationship with an eventual resumption of legal ivory trade. The programme has a strong component to build institutional capacity in elephant range States for the long-term management of their elephant populations, and generates information for improved elephant conservation.

Ha has been working in the field of CITES and sustainable use of and trade in wildlife since the late eighties. He has also conducted trade research on a wide variety of relatively rare species including sturgeons, saiga antelopes, elephants, queen conch, wild orchids, mahogany wood, crocodiles and leopards, and on wildlife commodities such as ivory, bushmeat, Asian traditional medicines, medicinal plants, hunting trophies, live pets, rare timbers, reptile leathers, etc.

His work has also involved extensive compliance evaluations, capacity building and enforcement- related activities, and legal and policy development. He represented Belgium on numerous occasions in CITES fora. He joined the Scientific Support Unit of the CITES Secretariat in 2001. Prior to that, I was the director of Europes branch of TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network of WWF and IUCN.

Tom is biologist by training and a Belgian (Flemish) national.
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