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Why it works

Local involvement

To end the ever-increasing wildlife crime, we work in close partnership with local communities. By engaging and strengthening local communities, they become responsible stewards of wildlife resources, preventing and combating wildlife crime and managing wildlife resources sustainably. 

Transboundary cooperation

Addressing wildlife crime requires transboundary cooperation. We build links between relevant stakeholders at the regional, national and international level, building a strong network along the illegal wildlife trade chain.

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  • Illegal ivory trade could wipe out a fifth of Africa’s elephants over next decade
  • Three rhinos are killed every day
  • Illegal wildlife trade accounts for 19 billion euros annually
  • IUCN is an objective and science-based advisor to CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species



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