United for Wildlife is an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the largest field based international conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation. Under The Duke of Cambridge’s presidency, United for Wildlife has established five core commitments, which are linked together by a digital campaign to share progress and highlight innovation to engage a younger target audience.
The Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Transportation Taskforce was signed in March 2016, and contains eleven commitments, including a zero-tolerance policy against the illegal wildlife trade. Through its adoption by the transport sector, this Declaration will help break the chain between suppliers and consumers of illegal wildlife products.
In China millions of people watched The Duke of Cambridge’s call for wildlife protection, which also proved to be extremely popular on social media. Public opinion was positive, for many it was the first connection of how illegal trade destroys wildlife. China is one of United for Wildlife’s many target audiences in its aim to raise awareness about the implications of purchasing illegal wildlife products.
United for Wildlife has launched a free online course to engage with young people and future conservationists. “Introducing Conservation” is a Massive Online Open Course aiming to inspire and connect young people around the world (Learn.unitedforwildlife.org). Early evaluation shows the course is well on its way to its target of 10,000 young people gaining their first qualifications in conservation. There have been site visitors from 188 countries, with learners from Tanzania, India, Kenya and Columbia.
As part of its commitment to up-scale onsite protection, United for Wildlife is supporting the Southern African Wildlife College to expand its specialist tools and training with the creation of wildlife regional hubs. This will ensure field rangers have the skills to stop the increasingly sophisticated poaching methods used to obtain rhino horn and elephant ivory, along with other illegal wildlife products.
United for Wildlife has launched WILDLABS.NET, a new digital community network to share and develop technology solutions for conservation. WILDLABS.NET is an essential tool in United for Wildlife’s commitment for better onsite protection for wildlife.
- Conservation International
- Fauna & Flora International
- The Nature Conservancy