United for Wildlife: The Duke of Cambridge brings conservation organisations together to tackle global wildlife crisis
London, UK, 12th September 2013—The Duke of Cambridge has brought together an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations and the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The partnership, named “United for Wildlife”, is a long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations. The Duke of Cambridge will be President of the collaboration.
The seven organizations include TRAFFIC’s alliance partners, WWF-UK and IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, together with Conservation International; Fauna & Flora International; The Nature Conservancy; Wildlife Conservation Society; and the Zoological Society of London.
The first action of the collaboration has been to commission research by wildlife trade specialists TRAFFIC on the impact of the illegal wildlife trade on elephant, rhino, big cats and pangolin populations. The research will identify the most effective solutions, creating a clear evidence base for the grantmaking programme to follow.
The collaboration has also commissioned a mapping exercise to understand what resources and support are available to young conservationists around the world, what is missing and how best to fill these gaps.
In a statement issued by Kensington Palace, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge, said: “The threats to our natural heritage are extensive, but I believe that this collaboration of the best minds in conservation will provide the impetus for a renewed commitment and action to protect endangered species and habitats for future generations.
“At the root of the illegal wildlife trade, for example, is the demand for products that require the deaths of tens of thousands of these animals every year, pushing them further towards extinction. We must work together to prevent this catastrophe and allow our children the opportunity to experience wildlife in its many beautiful and varied forms.”