Supporting communities to protect and conserve their natural resources for future generations.
United for Wildlife
United for Wildlife is an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world's most influential conservation organisations.
Through his Foundation, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has brought together an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world's most influential conservation organisations and the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The partnership, named "United for Wildlife", is a long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world's natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations.
United for Wildlife is an unprecedented alliance between seven of the world's most influential conservation organisations, led by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The partnership between Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF-UK, the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Foundation will lead the way to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crises.
For more information, go to www.unitedforwildlife.com.
DLA Piper report on regulation of wildlife trade
55 DLA Piper lawyers across fifteen offices involved in producing an important report on the legislative framework regulating the trade in wildlife.
As part of the firm’s pro bono programme, global law firm DLA Piper has produced a report for The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry: "Empty Threat: Does the Law Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade?" on behalf of the United for Wildlife partnership. The report which was presented on the 12th February by DLA Piper Partners Michael Lebovitz and Alex Monk at the International Wildlife Trafficking Symposium, an event attended by The Duke of Cambridge, hosted by the Zoological Society of London.
Through the Foundation, The Duke of Cambridge has brought together an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world's leading, field based conservation. The partnership, "United for Wildlife" is a long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations.
The illegal trade in wildlife has continued to proliferate to the point where it ranks behind only illegal trafficking in drugs, guns and human beings in the value of the trade itself. The report explores legislative and judicial challenges relating to wildlife trade in 10 key countries: Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda and Vietnam.
Each country report gives an overview of principal legislation on trade in wildlife, criminal penalties, ancillary legislation such as anti-corruption legislation that can be used to prosecute, assesses the local judicial process and capacity to enforce and concludes with recommendations.
A team of 55 lawyers from 15 DLA Piper offices around the world gave in excess of 1350 hours to the project. The team was led by partner Michael Lebovitz, UK Pro Bono Manager Heidi Newbigging and Alice Puritz, all from DLA Piper's London office.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Global CEO and Managing Partner of DLA Piper, said:
"Our report reveals that there are a number of weaknesses in the legislation of each country that are exploited to allow the illegal trade of wildlife. There are substantial inconsistencies in terms of the penalties for violating local law and every report identifies issues with judicial procedure and capacity. Significant work needs to be done in every country in order to effectively tackle the illegal wildlife trade and we are honoured to have been able to support United for Wildlife on this very important project."
The Royal Foundation and its collaboration partners are extremely grateful to DLA Piper and its team for this significant contribution to the goals of United for Wildlife.