On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision of monetary incentives to persons who disclose information about wildlife crimes. The success of these laws has been profound, strengthening the ability of the government to detect and prosecute crime. In total, whistleblower rewards laws have resulted in over $50 billion in fines and penalties and over $3.5 billion in compensation to whistleblowers.
Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, has represented whistleblowers for over 30 years, establishing numerous precedents strengthening whistleblower rights. Mr. Kohn has worked extensively with the U.S. Congress in drafting key whistleblower laws, including protections contained in the Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, and Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Acts. The National Whistleblower Center is the leading whistleblower legal advocacy organization, with an almost 30-year history of protecting the right of individuals to report wrongdoing.
Kohn seeks to educate whistleblowers globally on how the wildlife whistleblower laws work to encourage reports of wildlife trafficking, illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, illegal deforestation, and ocean pollution anywhere in the world, and inform whistleblowers that they can potentially qualify for financial rewards when their information contributes to a successful prosecution.
This webinar is hosted by the NBSAP Forum* and is free to the public but registration is required. Click to Register today! Can’t make it? Register and you will be sent a link to access the recording of the webinar by email two days after the lecture.
The NBSAP Forum is global partnership to support the development and implementation of effective National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs). It is hosted by the Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).