NATHIST White Paper: Natural History Museums and Wildlife Trafficking: A Framework for Global Action


Recognizing the grave need to curb trafficking of wildlife globally, and natural history museums’ largely untapped ability to contribute to this issue, ICOM NATHIST has collaborated with like-minded institutions to create a framework to facilitate involvement by workers in the field.


A white paper released by ICOM NATHIST. It lays out the organization’s vision for involving the world’s natural history museums in the fight against illicit trafficking of wildlife. The paper describes some of our core values on the illegal wildlife trade, as well as our priorities for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of coordinated efforts.


The white paper was ratified following the Annual General Meeting of ICOM NATHIST, in Milan, Italy, in July 2016 and the final version launched on the 4th of October 2016.