The IWT Challenge Fund channels UK funding to new and bold measures to tackle illegal wildlife trade.
LTS manages the administration and M&E of both Darwin Initiative and IWT projects.
Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to the survival of some of the world’s most threatened species. In February 2014 the UK government hosted The London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, which brought together over fifty countries and international organisations to agree new and bold measures to tackle the trade.
Since this time, IWT has emerged as an international priority and IWT Challenge Fund projects also respond to commitments outlined in the Kasane Statement. From an initial £10M committed following the London Conference, the UK Government has now pledged additional funding.
The fund is available to governments, charities and NGOs, social enterprises and businesses, and to partnerships of these organisations. More information on the fund can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/illegal-wildlife-trade-iwt-challenge-fund
LTS’s involvement in the design and implementation of the applications for IWT Challenge Fund included substantive liaison with Government representatives from the 3 departments. Our support to the fund since its inception has included:
Value and benefits
The IWT Challenge Fund has three key objectives