Our president, HRH The Prince of Wales, on Tuesday joined a meeting with The Duke of Cambridge and the seven conservation organisations that are members of United for Wildlife – including WWF-UK. The group discussed technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, that could help the world’s wildlife rangers in their fight against poachers.
Their royal highnesses have shown great passion in the fight against wildlife trafficking, including hosting and participating in an international conference on the illegal wildlife trade earlier this year. This began a process leading to a global conference on combating the illegal trade in wildlife, which the UK government will host next February.
David Cameron will attend the summit, to be held in London, along with heads of government and other high level representatives from as many as 50 nations. Countries invited include those where poaching is threatening the survival of wildlife, and the biggest markets for illegal wildlife products, including Vietnam and China. We hope the participants will at the conference agree to strong action to tackle this destructive trade, and implement those measures afterwards.
United for Wildlife is an alliance of seven of the largest global conservation organisations – a unique collaboration brought together by Prince William. It aims to respond more effectively, more rapidly and at a much greater scale to the most pressing conservation crises, ensuring that our natural heritage is safeguarded for future generations.