Some rural households depend on wild animals for protein, trees for fuel, and both wild animals and plants for natural cures.
Overexploitation of species affects the living planet in wider ways.
WWF's expertise ensures that the threats to the environment from wildlife trade are tackled from an informed and global standpoint.
It’s one thing to ban or limit trade in a particular species, but another to effectively enforce this—especially in developing countries where training and funds for enforcement are often lacking.
Wildlife trade alone is a major threat to some species, but its impact is frequently made worse by habitat loss and other pressures.
The very existence of illegal trade undermines efforts made by countries to protect their natural resources.
We also assist enforcement efforts and fund antipoaching brigades.
One of the most powerful tools for addressing illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade is persuading consumers to make informed choices.
Illegal wildlife trade is run by criminal networks with wide, international reach. Recent evidence shows that some networks are also linked to terrorist organizations.
Local wildlife is considered an important resource by many communities, often the poorest, in the developing world.