Jaap Reijngoud, a former CITES Enforcement Officer in the
Netherlands, established REIJNGOUD CoNCEPT
Consultancy in January 2010.
his career researching fresh water fish and water quality. From 1992
he has worked as a CITES Enforcement Officer, and has become a
recognised expert in the protection of flora and fauna covered by
both CITES and European Commission regulations, and has
worked throughout the European Union.
From 2008 he was also acted as an animal welfare officer
investigating welfare and cruelty cases.
Since 2003 Jaap has worked closely with several
European government departments and non-governmental organizations; particularly in providing
training courses and workshops. Jaap has helped protect
endangered species world wide, by developing CITES Enforcement
staff's knowledge of: regulatory policies, investigative
methodology, professional and legal standards, specialised
techniques and databases.
After 18 years working as Enforcement Officer, it was time for a change and Jaap started his company REIJNGOUD CoNCEPT.
Regulatory protection by CITES and EC regulations,
not only regulates trade in live specimens but also dead specimens
including their manufactured derivatives like: timber, taxidermy specimens,
cosmetics, food, incense, ivory, skins, bone, herbs, coral, medicines and tourist souvenirs.
The demand for live plants and animal specimens and their
products is still increasing in Europe. Information is the key to
prevent this illegal trade, not only for
enforcement officers; but also for companies and individuals to protect
themselves from inadvertent illegal trading when importing, exporting or