Yeneneh Teka regional environmental specialist with the U.S. Department of State Regional Environment Office for East Africa, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he focuses on issues such as wildlife trafficking, air and water pollution, waste management and marine conservation.


The illegal trade and trafficking of wild flora and fauna pose environmental risks with implications beyond species extinction and animal welfare, although those impacts are substantial. To help address the problem in Africa, the research and policy communities must work closely along a broad spectrum of fields, among them conservation and criminology.