Pauline Verheij is an independent wildlife crime specialist with nearly 20 years of experience tackling environmental and wildlife crime.
An environmental lawyer by training, Pauline has applied and honed her skills in a variety of positions in the public, private and NGO sector. Organisations she has worked with include the Dutch Police (Serious Environmental Crime Unit); the Dutch public prosecutors’ office (Fraud and Environmental Crime department); TRAFFIC; the Wildlife Justice Commission and IFAW.
In 2012 Pauline started her own consultancy EcoJust with a focus on providing advice on wildlife and forest crime issues to international NGOs intergovernmental organisations.
Under the banner of EcoJust Pauline has conducted a wide array of studies on topics ranging from wildlife cybercrime, jaguar and other wildlife trafficking in Bolivia and Suriname, ivory and rhino horn trafficking in The Netherlands, Rosewood trafficking in Madagascar and the interaction between wildlife crime and insecurity in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was furthermore involved in the design and establishment of the Wildlife Justice Commission (WJC) based in The Hague. As the WJC’s Senior Legal Investigator she was responsible for compiling the evidential case file in their first investigation of a transnational organized wildlife crime network in Vietnam.
EcoJust’s clients include the World Bank, the European Commission, the Dutch police, WWF, IFAW, the Wildlife Justice Commission and IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands.
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Pauline is a member of the Network of Experts of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and a correspondent for INECE (International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement).
Pauline is also a member of the IUCN Commissions on Environmental Law and Education and Communication and was a board member of the Moroccan Primate Conservation foundation from 2013 until its dissolution in 2019.
In July 2019 Pauline received an award from the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication for her efforts to put the topic of wildlife crime on the international conservation agenda.