The purpose of Criminal Nature is to invite discussion about conservation and the factors that mitigate efforts worldwide. We want to bring awareness to the most vulnerable populations, lands, species, wildlife, and communities and determine how and why they are being affected. What makes this page unique is the underlying theme of identifying various elements, such as climate change and terrorism, and drawing connections between their roles and influences on the environment and local populations across the globe.

Criminal Nature is thinking outside the box to establish less than obvious cause and effect relationships. For example, how is poaching funding and driving terrorism? Would behavior changes that reduce the demand for illegal wildlife products help stop wildlife trafficking? Or what is the link between climate change, habitat destruction, species loss and economic prosperity within communities?

Criminal Nature features two pages that open this discussion of topics and events related to conservation: the Making Connections Blog and the Faces of Conservation. The Making Connections Blog is dedicated to putting pieces together and starting a conversation to determine the implications of various factors. We draw on current, past, and ongoing events along with groups of people to infer how they might be driving trafficking, poaching, deforestation, species loss, and more. Then we ask, how does this affect conservation efforts and what can we do to address these issues?

The Faces of Conservation page is dedicated to short interviews with a diversity of people from students to global leaders, activists to professionals in the field, and more. Here we will feature responses to questions that range from asking when and why conservation became important to the interviewee, to their reactions, thoughts, and ideas about current and ongoing events related to conservation and its connected elements.

We invite you to join our discussion and leave comments on the articles and short pieces that we post and to share this information with friends, family and colleagues so that we keep the conversation going and spread the awareness about conservation.

This website is a special collaboration between The American Geographical Society (AGS) and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

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