The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is organised crime on a global scale, devastating wildlife and pushing some of the world’s most iconic species like elephants and rhinos towards extinction.
This criminal trade is estimated to be worth up to £17 billion annually as poachers and traffickers illegally trade wildlife body parts, such as rhino horn, ivory, pangolin scales or tiger parts, among many others. The illegal trade is a major threat to global biodiversity and human health, and is linked to money laundering, corruption and extreme violence, as well as the trafficking of drugs and weapons.
United for Wildlife was founded by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in 2014 to protect endangered species from this abhorrent trade. At its core, United for Wildlife fosters global collaboration in the private sector to stop the trafficking of wildlife products. It does this through two Taskforces: a Financial Taskforce and a Transport Taskforce. These taskforces bring together some of the world’s largest businesses in the transport and financial sectors to break the chains of the illegal wildlife trade.
By sharing knowledge and information across sectors and between countries, United for Wildlife is transforming illegal wildlife trade prevention and the prosecution of those who profit from these crimes. This unique collaborative approach has united international law enforcement agencies, non-governmental organisations, private and public sector, grassroots communities, and large corporations.
Wildlife crime poses an international threat to our nature, health and security. United for Wildlife offers a global solution to end this global problem.