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Oct012016

Arcadia provides $3m to TRAFFIC to help protect Africa’s threatened wildlife

Radiated Tortoises smuggled from Madagascar and seized in Malaysia © TRAFFIC Johannesburg, South Africa, 1st October 2016—TRAFFIC, the leading non-governmental organization working globally on trade in wild animals, announced today that it has received a new $3m grant from Arcadia, the fund set up by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin to support charities and scholarly institutions that preserve cultural heritage and the environment. TRAFFIC will receive the funds over the next four years to support its work to reduce illegal and unsustainable trade in Africa’s wildlife.  

Illegal wildlife trade is particularly acute in Africa, driven by growing demand from Asia for ivory, rhino horn and other products. There has been a recent surge in trafficking of animals from pangolins to parrots and Ploughshare Tortoises. Plant species are also at risk from illegal and unsustainable trade, including high value timber species such as rosewoods, cycads and other ornamental plants, and species used for food and medicine.

“Illegal wildlife trade and poorly controlled legal trade threaten more than just the species involved,” said TRAFFIC’s Executive Director Steven Broad. “They also threaten the balance of wider ecosystems and the human communities that depend on them. We will use this grant from Arcadia to strengthen wildlife trade research, analysis, knowledge sharing, and ultimately conservation action by governments, businesses, other NGOs and wider civil society. Commitments such as this one provide us with the critical support we need to tackle these urgent issues.”

The funding provided by Arcadia will be used to increase the quality, breadth, depth and timeliness of information available on trade in wildlife and wildlife products from Africa. A particular emphasis will be placed on supporting innovation and scaling up of successful approaches, and strengthening cross-collaboration and synergies with others working to reduce trade threats to wild species.

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For further information, please contact:  

Richard Thomas
, Richard.thomas@traffic.org, +44 (0) 7921309176, +27 (0) 76 657 7193.

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Matt Ridsdale, +44 (0) 207 920 3150.

About Arcadia
Arcadia makes grants to preserve endangered culture and nature, and to promote open access.  Their environmental grants support on-site and off-site conservation, train young conservation leaders, and fund policy advocacy.  They have given more than $360m in grants since 2001.  More information at www.arcadiafund.org.uk

About TRAFFIC
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a strategic alliance of IUCN and WWF. More information at www.traffic.org

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