Subject: UK Environment Minister Rory Stewart announces Round Two of the Illegal Wildlife Fund

Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, launches Round Two of the IWT Challenge Fund, 5 August 2015. Photos: UK Defra

Dear Colleagues,

The INTERPOL General Secretariat is pleased to share an announcement by the Government of the United Kingdom, launching Round Two of its Challenge Fund to support new initiatives to end wildlife crime.

On 5 August 2015, INTERPOL participated in a conference on illegal wildlife trade hosted by Zoological Society London (ZSL) and organised by the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

UK Environment Minister Rory Stewart renewed the UK Government commitment to tackling international wildlife crime and announced Round Two of the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Challenge Fund.

Since its launch in 2014, Defra’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund has supported 19 projects to protect endangered species such as rhinos, elephants and snow leopards, and stop the international trafficking of illegal wildlife products.

Under the scheme, up to £5 million of UK Government funding from the Department for International Development will be made available to initiatives around the world to help tackle the trade in rhino horn, elephant ivory and other illegal wildlife products.

Round One of the UK Government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund enabled INTERPOL to further support national authorities in their investigations into the illegal trade of wildlife products, including elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn.

Round Two of the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund will support practical action against wildlife crime by strengthening law enforcement, reducing demand for illegal products and helping communities develop sustainable conservation schemes.

Best regards,

Environmental Crime Programme
Environmental Security Sub-Directorate

INTERPOL General Secretariat
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69006 Lyon, France