The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is offering a further £5 million to help tackle the illegal wildlife trade as it invites funding applications to round two of its Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge.
The fund will donate £13 over four years (2014-2018) to help existing, practical projects that:
• develop sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by illegal wildlife trade
• strengthen law enforcement and the role of the criminal justice system
• reduce demand for the products of the illegal wildlife trade
The first round of the Challenge Fund distributed £5 million to 19 projects. It certainly faces a huge problem. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth £6 billion each year, threatening both widlife and people.
Applications to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund are open until midnight on Monday 12 October 2015.
Image: Black Rhino – animals under threat. (c) ZSL
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