Illegal wildlife trade and the persistence of plant blindness

Margulies, Jared D. and Bullough, Leigh-Anne and Hinsley, Amy and Ingram, Daniel J. and Cowell, Carly and Goettsch, Barbara and Klitgard, Bente B. and Lavorgna, Anita and Sinovas, Pablo and Phelps, Jacob Wesley (2019) Illegal wildlife trade and the persistence of plant blindness. Plants, People, Planet, 1 (3). pp. 173-182. ISSN 2572-2611

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A wide variety of plant species are threatened by illegal wildlife trade (IWT), and yet plants receive scant attention in IWT policy and research, a matter of pressing global concern. This review examines how “plant blindness” manifests within policy and research on IWT, with serious and detrimental effects for biodiversity conservation. We suggest several key points: (a) perhaps with the exception of the illegal timber market, plants are overlooked in IWT policy and research; (b) there is insufficient attention from funding agencies to the presence and persistence of illegal trade in plants; and (c) these absences are at least in part resultant from plant blindness as codified in governmental laws defining the meaning of “wildlife.”

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