“There’s a way to do it better—find it.” Thomas Edison, Inventor and businessman
One crucial word that for far too long has been largely absent from conservation and wildlife protection is ‘innovation’. At EAL, innovation is at the forefront of our approach, highlighted by our 2-year-old initiativeWildLeaks. WildLeaks is the world’s first wildlife crime whistleblowing initiative that facilitates the collection of confidential information through a Tor-based online platform, where users are able to anonymously and securely share information pertaining to wildlife crime with our subject matter experts.
EAL was the first organization to conceive of and implement a whistleblowing mechanism for the reporting of wildlife and forest crime. This new approach to information and evidence gathering has been so successful that EAL is now offering the WildLeaks platform to other organizations free of charge.
Sharing WildLeaks also facilitates collaboration among wildlife and environmental organizations. Collaboration is crucial to achieving the desired result in the fight against wildlife and forest crime. No single organization, field, entity, or individual has all the answers or all the resources needed to tackle this complex problem. As an example, EAL shares a close, reciprocal relationship with the Wildlife Justice Commission. We can best serve each other by working together and complementing each other’s strengths.
Combining our collaborative nature with our innovative approach to fighting wildlife crime puts EAL at the forefront of intelligence gathering and investigative work.