Human pressures related to climate change, landuse and mismanagement have a detrimental impact on wildlife. In recent years, there has been an unprecedented growth in illegal wildlife trade. But it’s not just an issue that affects wildlife. The illegal wildlife trade is vast network of international organised crime – the fourth biggest illegal trade in the world, worth over an estimated £15 billion annually. It threatens the people who live and work alongside the wildlife being targeted. It also affects the economic development of some of the world’s poorest countries.
Through our management of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge fund we support sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by illegal wildlife trade.