India Chapter launch lays groundwork for public-private partnerships to preserve biodiversity for future generations.

April 2024

We’re excited to have brought together some of the largest financial institutions, transport companies, law enforcement agencies and conservation groups in India this week at Ranthambhore National Park to join forces in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.  

Businesses from our global network including Standard Chartered, Qatar Airways and Deloitte attended our conference alongside conservation leaders including Arvind Chauraisa, Deputy Director of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau in New Delhi, and Jose Louies, CEO of the Wildlife Trust of India, whose conservation work inspired a main character on the Amazon Prime series ‘Poacher’ which showcases India’s fight against elephant poaching. 

The conference marked the launch of the United for Wildlife India Chapter, another step in United for Wildlife’s journey bringing unique collaboration between the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the country to identify, report and prevent wildlife trafficking.  



The India Chapter is the eighth United for Wildlife regional chapter to launch, following East Africa, Southern Africa, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia, Australasia, Middle East and North Africa, North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Since 2016, the United for Wildlife Transport and Finance Taskforces have grown to 300 members and more than 140 partners across the globe. The United for Wildlife network has contributed to over 650 law enforcement cases, nearly 600 arrests, over 350 seizures of wildlife products, and has trained more than 120,000 people. The network spans the globe – from Southeast Asia to South America, Europe to East Africa – increasing deterrents across the entire chain of demand and supply. 

“Celebrated as one of the world’s megadiverse countries, India also finds itself a significant target for wildlife trafficking. Despite these challenges, India has shown great leadership in its response to the illegal wildlife trade, both in raising global awareness and the strength of its law enforcement.  

This expertise, combined with the collective innovation of United for Wildlife’s global network of private sector companies investigating transport networks and financial transactions, makes a compelling partnership in the fight to bring down the criminal networks fuelling this heinous crime.” 

-Robert Campbell, Head of United for Wildlife

The event highlighted the wildlife trafficking threats and movement corridors, raising awareness of the challenges that Indian rangers face and bringing together United for Wildlife members to establish a unified strategy to tackling wildlife crime. 

Now that leaders from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors have been brought together, they will be able to share best practices in combatting illegal wildlife trade and set out a framework for a unified approach to future conservation efforts in the region.