When: Tuesday, March 29, 2022, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EDT
What: Wildlife trafficking from Mexico to China receives little attention, but it is growing and threatens biodiversity. Moreover, while the connections between wildlife trafficking and drug cartels are sometimes exaggerated, in Mexico, wildlife trafficking, drug trafficking, and money laundering have become intertwined. Attracted by China's enormous appetite for wildlife products and in contact with Chinese traders supplying precursor chemicals for the production of illegal fentanyl and methamphetamine, Mexican drug cartels are increasingly muscling their way into Mexico’s legal and illegal wildlife trade.
On March 29, the Brookings Institution’s Initiative on Nonstate Armed Actors will hold a panel discussion exploring these issues. This event is a preview for an upcoming Brookings report on China's role in poaching and wildlife trafficking in Mexico, to be published in March.
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