- Wildlife Crime Initiative: A long-term, collaborative initiative between WWF and TRAFFIC to help tackle the global poaching crisis and unprecedented surge in organised wildlife crime, which threatens the survival of iconic species and undermines national security, the rule of law and sustainable development.
- Changing consumer behaviour: Persuading consumers to make informed choices when buying wildlife-based products.
- Encouraging people to use their local wildlife sustainably: Working hand-in-hand with communities to provide practical help to develop sustainable livelihoods and conserve natural resources.
- Working with the private sector: Promoting sustainable wildlife trade.
- Backing the enforcement of appropriate wildlife trade laws: Supporting the enforcement of CITES, which regulates the international trade in wildlife; providing tools, training and funding; encouraging cross-border cooperation; funding critical research; and raising public awareness about illegal and unsustainable trade issues.
- Promoting new laws for the control of wildlife trade, when appropriate: WWF has contributed to achieving protection under CITES for several marine and timber species, such as the humphead wrasse, great white shark, and the Asian commercial timber species, ramin.
- Working at the 'top level': Advocating to ensure that the mandate of multilateral environment agreements, such as CITES, are not weakened or over-ruled by institutions, such as the World Trade Organization, which pursue economic priorities with little consideration for their long-term, environmental impacts.
Latest News & Publications
Major ivory trafficking ring broken up in DRC
Authorities seize ivory and arrest traffickers
First twins born to habituated gorilla family in CAR
Sign of success in Dzanga-Sangha but gorillas still face serious threats
South Africa stabilises rhino poaching as threat spreads across the region
Poaching down slightly in South Africa but up in Namibia and Zimbabwe
CITES calls for urgent action to maintain pressure on illegal ivory and rhino horn trade
Largest ever Standing Committee concludes in Geneva
First year of the Wildlife Crime Initiative
Looking back at progress since WCI was launched in June 2014
China and Africa to ramp up fight against wildlife crime
But concerns about lack of focus on sustainable development at FOCAC summit
Hong Kong legislators vote for ivory trade ban
Motion called on government to strengthen efforts to combat wildlife crime
UN Security Council can boost fight against poaching by linking it to small arms trafficking in Africa
Easy access to small arms is key factor behind poaching crisis
Strategies for fighting corruption in wildlife conservation
Primer produced by the WWF and TRAFFIC Wildlife Crime Initiative
WWF team helps rescue orangutan babies from traffickers
Three suspects arrested in Indonesia for trying to sell orangutans