Conservation Whistleblowing

What if we could give every potential whistleblower on the ground a safe voice to communicate
100% anonymously with authorities in their area & report poaching activity with no fear of retribution.

Our conservation partners use Xono to combat illegal poaching

Xono, the enhanced communication and safeguarding platform, created to help individuals communicate better and safeguard from all forms of crime and misconduct.
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Lion
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These are facts that Xono just can't ignore

It is estimated that there are around 350,000 elephants left in Africa, but approximately 10-15,000 are killed annually by poachers.
Additionally, the Pangolin are the most trafficked mammal in the world - poachers kill as many as 2.7 million African Pangolins every year.
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Rhino

South Africa is the primary custodian of Africa's Rhino being home to over 80% of the population.

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Lion

Targeted poaching is responsible for 61% of all lion mortalities between 2011 and 2018.

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African Elephant

It is reported that the African elephant population has plummeted by over 30% as of 2021.

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Lockdown Rise

Conservationists predict an increase in poaching by 300% as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Conservation Whistleblowing

How can your organization implement & utilise the Xono platform?

Open up two-way communication systems to motivate & support individuals in your community. Our platform supports individuals in anonymously & securely reporting issues of poaching, misconduct, fraud & corruption and other illegal activities within their environments.
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HOW USERS OPEN A CASE REPORT

Simple 4-Step System

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    Access

    Users link their mobile app to your administrative dashboard using your unique access code.

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    Report

    Users are now able to securely & anonymously report issues of concern to conservationists in their community.

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    Administrators

    Administrators receive confidential reports and can now dialogue with the reporter to gather all relevant information.

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    Investigate

    Administrators can now open a case and investigate details of the report & give users feedback on the case's progress.

What are some laws that protect animals?

The Lacey Act forbids the selling of fish, wildlife, vegetation, and plant items that have been illegally collected. Importation of species protected by international or local law is governed by this statute, which was adopted for the first time in 1900. The law also prohibits the spread of invasive or non-native plants. “To anyone who provides information that leads in an arrest, a criminal conviction, a civil penalty assessment, or property confiscation for any offense” of the law since 1983. The government determines who receives an individual prize.

The 1998 Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act establishes restrictions on the import and export of substances derived from rhinoceros and/or tiger species.

Due to the fact that the global rhino population has plummeted by 90% since 1970 and only 5,000–6,000 tigers remain, the legislation was enacted in response to congressional findings that the wild populations of all five tiger subspecies are currently threatened. Individuals who volunteer information that results in the arrest of career criminals may be compensated financially.

The Wild Bird Conservation Act of 1992 was enacted in 1992 with the purpose of protecting exotic bird species and assisting in wild bird conservation initiatives. The law imposes import limitations on exotic bird species to guarantee that international trade does not affect the species’ populations and that trading in such species is both environmentally sustainable and beneficial to the species. Exotic bird species that do not adhere to the strict criteria and principles of the legislation are not permitted to enter the country. Individuals who volunteer information that results in the arrest of criminals may be compensated financially.

Antarctica’s indigenous animals, birds, plants, and ecosystems were protected through the 1978 Antarctic Conservation Act. Without a permission, the import or export of certain Antarctic products into the United States, as well as access to Antarctic Specially Protected Areas (ASPAs) and the release of designated garbage, are now forbidden. Individuals who volunteer information that result in the arrest of criminals may be compensated financially.

The Fish and Wildlife Improvement Act of 1978, which was enacted into law in 1978, enabled efforts to improve fish and wildlife law enforcement. In 1982, whistleblower awards were introduced for anyone who revealed infractions of laws being broken related to fish, wildlife opr plant. As a result of this broad provision, wildlife whistleblowers can now receive financial compensation under more than 40 wildlife protection laws, including the African Elephant Conservation Act, the Airborne Hunting Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Acts and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

What problems do those involved in conservation face which might possibly have a need for a whistleblower?

Wildlife crime has risen rapidly in recent years, resulting in the extinction of innumerable species and jeopardizing the Earth’s biological diversity, as well as the political and economic stability of various countries. This issue is exacerbated by the illegal wildlife trafficking. Regrettably, it is a multibillion-dollar industry with a poor global conviction and arrest rate.

  • Animal products smuggled into or out of the country are illegal.
  • The falsification of data on customs forms at US ports
  • Animal products that are not permitted to be transported or transported.
  • Money laundering is used to hide the profits of human trafficking.
  • Acquiring or providing unauthorized hunting guides’ services

It is exceptionally difficult for intelligence agencies acting independently to discover the operation’s extreme techniques, y. Despite the vital role of protecting and rewarding persons who report criminal activity, further enforcement skills are required.

Whistleblowers can play a significant role in identifying and reporting felonies if they are appropriately protected. Despite its relative obscurity, WildLeaks received hundreds of applications from countries all around the world during its first six years of operation. It could serve as a safe haven for whistleblowers to provide information

What are some examples of conservation whistleblowers in action?

It is exceptionally difficult for intelligence agencies acting independently to discover the operation’s extreme techniques, y. Despite the vital role of protecting and rewarding persons who report criminal activity, further enforcement skills are required.

Whistleblowers can play a significant role in identifying and reporting felonies if they are appropriately protected. Despite its relative obscurity, WildLeaks received hundreds of applications from countries all around the world during its first six years of operation. It could serve as a safe haven for whistleblowers to provide information

Despite its relative obscurity, WildLeaks received hundreds of applications from countries all around the world during its first six years of operation. The United States, Brazil, Suriname, and Mexico; Costa Rica; Panama; Kenya; Tanzania; Uganda; Mozambique; South Africa; Liberia; Nigeria; Lebanon; India; Vietnam; Laos; Russia; and Finland.

Environmental Advocates: Are They Also Whistleblowers?

Numerous wildlife regulations reward individuals who provide new information that results in a successful enforcement action. Whistleblowers can now anonymously report significant wildlife crimes from anywhere in the world.

Elephants, rhinos, and tigers, three of the world’s most recognizable wildlife species, have all seen a huge surge in poaching in recent years. There is a strong correlation between this epidemic and illegal trafficking, a global multibillion-dollar sector with a poor arrest and conviction rate. Wildlife trafficking jeopardizes ecosystems, hurts animals, and accelerates the extinction of entire species. Additionally, human trafficking has a number of negative implications, including a danger to sustainable development projects, economic stability, and public health.

 

Along with illegal fish, wildlife, and plant sales, money laundering and international fraud are involved in wildlife trafficking. The illegal wildlife trade is complicated by an estimated $23 billion in annual earnings generated by sophisticated organized crime networks. Due of the secrecy surrounding wildlife crime, it is practically impossible for law enforcement to detect it alone.

Due to the industry’s pervasiveness and underground nature, apprehending culprits has proven challenging. To combat this profitable trade and the poaching that supports it, it is necessary to safeguard and motivate individuals who have information about unlawful behavior to come forward.

What role do whistleblowers play in the illegal wildlife trade on a worldwide scale?

Numerous individuals possess inside knowledge of illegal wildlife trafficking operations and are capable of providing confidential information regarding criminal behavior. Whistleblowers can be crucial in detecting and notifying appropriate authorities about wildlife crimes and transgressions.

It is nearly impossible for law enforcement agencies acting alone to detect the operation’s clandestine nature. Despite the importance of protecting and rewarding those who come forward to report criminal activity, additional enforcement capabilities are needed.

Criminalization of illegal wildlife trafficking and related acts is enshrined in a host of US statutes. Additionally, these rules give incentives for those who provide information about violations that results in successful enforcement proceedings, which encourages more people to come forward. Since 1986, the federal False Claims Act has recovered about $46.5 billion for taxpayers from wrongdoers, including nearly $7.8 billion for whistleblowers, establishing it as a successful and lucrative method.

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