[MPWG] WEBINAR: FloraGuard - Tackling the Illegal Trade in Endangered Plants (October 30, 7:30AM-9am ET) - free advanced registration requested

De Angelis, Patricia patricia_deangelis at fws.gov
Wed Oct 28 10:21:51 CDT 2020

A webinar that may be of interest.

What will you learn?
The University of Southampton, RBG Kew and UK Border Force are hosting this webinar to discuss the results of the FloraGuard study, and the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven methodology to help in the search for evidence of Internet-facilitated international wildlife trafficking (IWT). The webinar will also touch upon the issue of plant blindness in this particular branch of IWT, along with the technical challenges involved in identifying illegal online trade in certain species of threatened plants.

See details and registration below:

Webinar | FloraGuard: Tackling the Illegal Trade in Endangered Plants

Date: Friday 30 October

Time: 12:30 – 14:00 UK Time

Registration: Free; reserve your spot<https://www.kew.org/science/engage/get-involved/conferences/floraguard-webinar><https://www.kew.org/science/engage/get-involved/conferences/floraguard-webinar>

Dear Colleague,

In recent years, the Internet has greatly expanded the possibilities for illegal plant trafficking, posing an increasing threat to biodiversity, and creating challenges in controlling and preventing this criminal activity.

Led by the University of Southampton, and partnered with UK Border Force and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the FloraGuard Project set out to develop a cross-disciplinary approach to tackling this complex branch of the illegal wildlife trade.

On 30th October, please join the FloraGuard team who will be presenting the key findings of their research in talks spanning the fields of Criminology, AI Technology, Law Enforcement and Conservation Science, as published in the FloraGuard Report<https://www.kew.org/sites/default/files/2020-10/FloraGuard%20Tackling%20the%20illegal%20trade%20in%20endangered%20plants.pdf>.

The webinar will feature as speakers: Dr. Anita Lavorgna, Associate Professor in Criminology and Dr. Stuart E. Middleton, Lecturer in Computer Science, at the University of Southampton, Maurizio Sajeva, Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Palermo, and Guy Clarke, Higher Officer, UK Border Force CITES Team. Dr Carly Cowell, Senior Policy Advisor (UK CITES Scientific Authority for Flora), at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will serve as moderator and will also join the Q+A Panel at the end of the session.

Please see the registration page<https://www.kew.org/science/engage/get-involved/conferences/floraguard-webinar> for further details, and please feel free to share this invitation more widely. To contact the team, please email CITES at Kew.org<mailto:CITES at Kew.org>

With very best wishes,
The FloraGuard Team


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