The UK government is committed to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. The Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund provides financial support to practical projects around the world which are:
The illegal wildlife trade is a criminal industry worth more than £17 billion each year threatening both wildlife and people.
To date, the IWT Challenge Fund has supported 136 projects in over 60 countries to a value of over £43 million.
For further information on the related funds, the Darwin Initiative and Darwin Plus working in the UK Overseas Territories, please follow the links provided below:
The IWT Advisory Group is one of the Biodiversity Challenge Funds Expert Groups. There are a number of documents which support the functioning of these Expert Groups – these can be found on the page “Resources for Expert Group Members“.
John E. Scanlon (Chair) – Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation
UK Government policy advisers from:
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Members with IWT knowledge or experience:
Amy Hinsley – University of Oxford
Carly Cowell – Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Christian Plowman – Cops Without Borders
Dilys Roe – International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Jonathan Barzdo – Independent
Jules McAlpine – Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Mary Rice – Environment Investigation Agency (EIA)
Naomi Doak – Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS Asia)
Rebecca Drury – Chronos Sustainability
Sheldon Jordan – Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service
Steven Broad – Independent
UK Border Force Representatives