At an awards ceremony honoring wildlife conservationists, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, announced that his foundation will collaborate with seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations in a new partnership to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.
The seven participating groups are: Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF UK and the Zoological Society of London.
Their new partnership with with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is known as United for Wildlife.
“The threats to our natural heritage are extensive, but I believe that this collaboration of the best minds in conservation will provide the impetus for a renewed commitment and action to protect endangered species and habitats for future generations,” said the Duke, who now becomes president of United for Wildlife.
“At the root of the illegal wildlife trade,” he said, “is the demand for products that require the deaths of tens of thousands of these animals every year, pushing them further towards extinction. We must work together to prevent this catastrophe and allow our children the opportunity to experience wildlife in its many beautiful and varied forms.”
The Duke and Duchess were guests of honor at the inaugural Tusk Trust awards, held Thursday at the Royal Society in London, where the announcement of the new partnership was made. Since 2005, the Duke has been Royal Patron of the UK-based African wildlife conservation charity.
The Duke told the gathering that the birth of his infant son Prince George in July has reinforced his determination to conserve Earth’s natural resources. More....