The UK government is committed to tackling the illegal wildlife trade. The Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund provides financial support to practical projects around the world which are:
- developing sustainable livelihoods and economic development, to benefit people directly affected by IWT
- strengthening law enforcement
- ensuring effective legal frameworks
- reducing demand for IWT products
The illegal wildlife trade is a criminal industry worth more than £17 billion each year threatening both wildlife and people.
Through the Challenge Fund around £18.5 million has been allocated to 61 projects.
Documents from previous application rounds are available for reference.