Wildlife trade is an issue at the heart of the tension between biodiversity conservation and human development. Whether for medicine, construction, food or culture, a huge proportion of our trade, economy and way of life is entirely reliant upon wildlife products.
The legal trade in wildlife products is often overshadowed by wildlife crime and illegal trade. It involves thousands of different fauna and flora species, provides a source of income for millions of producers, raw materials for businesses and local collectors, and a staggering array of goods for hundreds of millions of consumers. It plays an undeniably fundamental role in regional, national, and international economies.
Our green workstream projects work to ensure that the benefits derived from sustainable wildlife trade are enjoyed by everyone involved without negatively impacting on natural biodiversityAnastasiya Timoshyna, Programme Leader - Medicinal and Aromatic Plants
The benefits of legal, responsible, and sustainable wildlife trade are largely going unrecognised. As a result, there has been relatively little attention or investment to ensure that wildlife trade is managed in ways that maintain healthy ecosystems and populations of target species.
A major increase in awareness, political will, and ultimately action on the ground is needed to help ensure the future of species and products at risk through poor management. We work across continents, species, and source and destination markets, to encourage and facilitate the transition towards sustainable wildlife trade. Below is our Theory of Change, mapping how we work to bring about lasting solutions.
If wildlife trade isn't managed sustainably, we will continue to see species and ecosystems disappear. Alerting governments to damaging practices, working to create the systems that ensure wildlife is harvested responsibly and encouraging consumers to buy sustainable products are some of today's greatest conservation challenges.
We're always working to ensure wildlife trade is sustainable, legal and ethical, so most of our reports include recommendations to that end. Here are some of the latest reports related to sustainable trade.
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A major increase in awareness, political will, and ultimately action on the ground is needed to help ensure the future of species and products at risk through mismanagement and unsustainable harvesting.
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