June 22, 2015--Following the destruction of 662 kgs of confiscated ivory in Beijing on 29th May 2015, Zhao Shucong, Head of China’s State Forestry Administration, set out 10 tough measures to tackle the illegal wildlife trade and suggested that there would be strict control of ivory processing and trade until the commercial processing and sale of ivory and its products are eventually halted.
The partners in United for Wildlife – Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF-UK, the Zoological Society of London and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry – welcome the announcement of substantial and important measures to combat the illegal wildlife trade.
In response to the speech, William Hague, Chairman of United for Wildlife’s International Taskforce on the Transport of Illegal Wildlife Products said:
“The speech made by Zhao Shucong, Head of China's State Forestry Administration, is an extremely important step forward in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. The Chinese Government's announcement on wide ranging measures to combat wildlife crime, in range states and consumer countries, should give us all great hope.
The United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transport of Illegal Wildlife Products, which I chair, will do all it can to support measures to clamp down on the trafficking of illegal wildlife products.”
United for Wildlife partners are working together to combat the illegal wildlife trade. Our joint activities will support the measures announced in Beijing by:
United for Wildlife was created to enhance international cooperation in the fight against illegal wildlife trade and promote joint actions and measures. The statement from the Chinese Government and the set of measures announced in Beijing to combat the illegal wildlife trade is a significant step forward in building an international coalition against wildlife crime, and brings the goal to secure the long term survival of these species closer.
As HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of United for Wildlife, said during his recent visit to China:
“The illegal wildlife trade is our common enemy. It is a vicious form of criminality: plundering the natural resources of poorer countries, taking lives, hindering development and spreading corruption.
Traffickers think nothing of violating laws and sovereignty anywhere they can to exploit a loophole or turn a profit. And international cooperation is our strongest defence against them. With that in mind, we must join forces”.
About United for Wildlife
United for Wildlife is an unprecedented alliance between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations, led by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The partnership between Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF-UK, the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Foundation will lead the way to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crises.
The United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transport of Illegal Wildlife Products
The Taskforce first met in March 2015 and is chaired by Mr William Hague, former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. The Taskforce has brought together senior representatives of the transport industry to make practical recommendation for the reduction of trafficking of illegal wildlife products.
The members of the Taskforce are: