United for Wildlife – Duke of Cambridge announces exiting new conservation collaboration

Prince Charles (HRH The Prince of Wales) and Prince William (HRH The Duke of Cambridge), at the End Wildlife Crime event they hosted at St James's Palace on 21 May 2013, being shown products seized by UK Border Force in their work to help stop illegal wildlife trade.

WWF-UK is very pleased to be part of a new collaboration that will aim to address some of the greatest conservation issues facing our planet. The collaboration, named “United for Wildlife”, is a long-term partnership between 7 conservation organisations, and is brought together by The Duke of Cambridge through his Foundation The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge – who will be President of the collaboration – 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.”

United for Wildlife will bring together some of the world’s largest environmental organisations and harness the resources and expertise of global leaders in business, communications, technology and the creative industries to tackle a common, universal challenge. The alliance aims to lead the way in delivering effective responses to, and raising awareness of, conservation crises. It will also focus particularly on engaging and inspiring young people and the next generation of conservation leaders.

Glyn Davies, Director of Global Programmes for WWF-UK said : “Biodiversity has declined globally by around 30% in the last 40 years, and fighting wildlife crime is one of the key actions needed to address the problem – something that WWF has been engaged with for many years. The United for Wildlife partnership is an exciting opportunity to align our commitment to protecting the natural world for future generations and we are grateful to the Duke of Cambridge for bringing the alliance together.”

To find out more about the partnership : www.unitedforwildlife.com

To find out more about WWF’s work to tackle illegal wildlife trade : wwf.org.uk/stopit

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