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About

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.

Impact

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.

Future

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.

Partners

  • Conservation International
  • Fauna & Flora International
  • IUCN
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • WCS
  • WWF
  • ZSL

 

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To address how the transport sector can come together and take responsibility in combating the illegal wildlife trade.

The Duke of Cambridge announced the formation of the Transportation Taskforce at the World Bank in 2014. Chaired by William Hague MP, the Taskforce included high-level leaders fro m the transport industry, international conservationists and organisations working to curb illegal traffick ing, supported by expert legal advice. The taskforce identified three areas where the transport sector can help combat the illegal wildlife trade:

• Adopting and publicising a zero tolerance policy on illegal trade in wildlife
• Raising awareness among customers, clients, passengers and staff of the scale, nature and impacts of the illegal wildlife trade, (including airport displays, inflight magazines and videos)
• Supporting customs and other enforcement agencies by the provision of information or intelligence gather by staff working on the ground

The Transportation Taskforce signed a groundbreaking declaration in March 2016, agreeing to enforce a zero-tolerance policy by, ‘never knowingly facilitate or tolerate the carriage of illegal wildlife or illegal wildlife products.’ This policy will be included in documents such as conditions of carriage, employment and client contracts, as well as in marketing materials.

In addition, the declaration includes a number of commitments to raise awareness, and to develop and improve information sharing across the transport sector, both for staff and members of the public. Practical measures are also included, such as notifying relevant law enforcement authorities of suspicious cargos and refusing to transport them, and supporting new mechanisms to aid detection and prevention of the trade.

Adopted by the wider transport sector, the Transportation Taskforce’s declaration will help break the chain between suppliers and consumers and lead to a tangible and significant reduction in the illegal wildlife trade.