The challenges and trends presented by the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) can vary from region to region. Often, the people and organisations engaged with the illegal wildlife trade locally are best placed to react.
That is why United for Wildlife facilitates regional networks between key stakeholders in areas where the illegal wildlife trade it is most prevalent, at any point across its supply chain.
These regional hubs – known as Chapters – focus on regionally specific issues, allowing them to develop best practice and location-specific solutions.
Our Regional Chapters are made up of experts from a variety of sectors – from conservation to transport organisations, financial institutions to law enforcement agencies – who all bring unique knowledge in approaching wildlife crime.
United for Wildlife currently has Regional Chapters in: East Africa, Southern Africa, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia and Australasia, Middle East and North Africa, North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The benefits of this regional approach are clear. For example, the Southern Africa Chapter has made progressive steps through its interaction and involvement with the South African Anti-Money Laundering Integrated Taskforce (SAMLIT). They have been able to demonstrate the value of financial investigations in high-level illegal wildlife trade cases, even re-opening old investigations where, without the collaboration from our Regional Chapter private sector members, there was previously thought to be insufficient evidence.
Additionally, the Hong Kong Chapter has been influential in the recent work to amend the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance (PESAPO) that significantly increases the government’s investigative and enforcement power to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.