tackling the wildlife trafficking supply chain
The Wildlife Crime Initiative (WCI) was a strategic partnership between TRAFFIC and WWF, set up in 2014 to respond to the global poaching crisis which continues to threaten decades of conservation successes, and the survival of a host of wildlife species.
The involvement of large-scale, transnational organised crime, and an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade pose a growing threat not just to the natural world, but also to security, rule of law, sustainable development, and the well being of local communities.
The WCI marked an evolution of conservation's response to wildlife crime, a response which continues to adapt and innovate the world overCrawford Allan, Senior Director for Wildlife Crime
the four pillars of WCI
The WCI worked across all points of the illegal wildlife supply chain–poaching, trafficking and buying–and advocated for the adoption and implementation of effective international policy measures.
At its core was the fostering of innovative new approaches to tackle ongoing wildlife crime challenges. Some of these included supporting higher enforcement standards, developing behavioural change initiatives and working with intelligence agencies to "follow the money". It was designed to catalyse lasting change across governments, business and consumers across four core pillars.
STOP THE POACHING
increasing wildlife stewardship, including through local communities and field protection
STOP THE TRAFFICKING
promoting action to expose and suppress wildlife trafficking
STOP THE BUYING
encouraging initiatives to reduce consumer demand
mobilising international level policy responses to facilitate and sustain the fight against wildlife crime
WCI Annual Review 2018
"The more we look at wildlife crime, the more complex it becomes. Neither the problems nor the solutions are as simple as they may first appear."..here's an overview of the work we carried out together in 2018
WCI Annual Review 2017
Much of what was achieved by the WCI was conducted behind the scenes: undertaking research, providing technical guidance and working with non-traditional actors such as financial institutions and transport companies.
The 2017 Annual Review gives examples of work under the WCI, measuring the initiatives impact on wildlife crime and lookin into the potential actions for the future.
WCI Annual Review 2016
The 2016 Annual Review covers the second year of the Initiative, kicking off with the adoption of the first United Nations resolution against wildlife trafficking.
WCI Annual Review 2015
The first year of the WCI comes to a close, with considerable progress being made in just a single year of implementation.
WCI Initiative briefing
Explore the initial framework, objectives and context for the WCI when launched in 2014.