United for Wildlife - Illegal Wildlife Trade

Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to our endangered species. As part of the efforts to end illegal wildlife trade, United for Wildlife developed the following commitments:

Elephants (c) James Suter Black Bean Productions

Better on-site protection for wildlife

United for Wildlife are scoping out and trialling new and existing technologies which can assist in the fight against poachers on the front line throughout Africa and Asia, as well as developing incentives for community engagement and more effective protected area management. WILDLABS is a new online community for anyone who loves wildlife and wants to use technology for conservation. It is a place to share information, ideas, tools and resources to discover technology-enabled solutions to some of the biggest conservation issues facing our planet. 

Reduce demand for illegal wildlife products

The demand for illegal wildlife products around the world has seen an unprecedented increase for a variety of complex reasons, across a number of countries. The key to reducing demand is to increase knowledge about conservation. To provide further knowledge, United for Wildlife created the Introducing Conservation course, a free online course about conservation and the environment. You can find out more about protecting the amazing variety of life on Earth and listen to leading experts talking about inspiring examples of projects that really make a difference.

Criminal Justice Response

The adequacy of legal systems to deal with crimes relating to illegal wildlife trade varies between countries, as does the application of existing laws and legal process. United for Wildlife aim to assist enforcement and legal authorities by providing up-to-date information for action, monitoring and publicising successes. They work with DLA Piper to look at the current laws in place and as part of this work DLA Piper completed reviews of wildlife laws in 26 countries covering source, transit and consumer. United for Wildlife is now working with DLA to support efforts in a number of countries to review the laws related to wildlife crimes and raise awareness of these across the judiciary and prosecution.

Work with private sector to reduce trafficking

Private sector businesses across the entire illegal wildlife trade chain may be drawn into the illegal trade either deliberately or unwittingly. United for Wildlife have been working with the private sector to bolster existing measures to prevent the trade and develop and integrate new measures to detect and intercept illegal wildlife products. Their Transport Taskforce has brought high-level leaders from the transport industry together with representatives from across the world of conservation. 

Engage young people with conservation

United for Wildlife is working to not only engage young people with the issues of conservation but to also empower them to be key spokespeople, ambassadors and wildlife heroes in their home countries. By providing digital platforms and social media engagement, people can find inspiration while learning more about the species threatened by illegal wildlife trade. The We Are The Rangers Minecraft map is just one of the ways they are reaching out to people who may not yet know about the poaching crisis. The aim of our Minecraft map is to highlight the terrible dangers facing wildlife from poachers, and the rangers who are battling to protect them. 

Minecraft - We Are The Rangers