Governments commit to action on poaching crisis
Eco guards on anti-poaching patrol on the Oua river in North West Gabon.
Forty-six countries made a commitment to take “decisive and urgent action” at the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in February. The London Declaration aims to strengthen enforcement, reduce consumer demand and support sustainable livelihoods for communities living alongside wildlife. Trafficking devastates species populations, but also endangers rangers, impedes economic development and destabilises society by driving corruption and criminal networks.
WWF’s campaign to halt the illegal wildlife trade, in partnership with the wildlife trade monitoring organisation TRAFFIC, has gained a new success with a decision by the European Parliament to adopt a European Union (EU) resolution on Illegal Wildlife Crime.