Cecilia Fischer
Illegal Wildlife Trade Coordinator, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

Cecilia Fischer is responsible for coordinating ADB’s commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade (IWT) in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She is also a consultant for the World Bank, exploring the development of a regional coordination platform for donors and partners working on counter-IWT projects across Asia. She co-authored Philippine conservation action plans on marine turtles and dugongs, and has a certificate in Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation.

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Studying the prominent implications of banning legal wildlife trade can help design effective policies for mitigating the spread of zoonotic disease.


A study of Southeast Asian projects provides insights on how the Philippines can improve efforts to prevent illegal wildlife trade.