The United for Wildlife Taskforces are a network of private, public and third-sector partners working individually and cooperatively to reveal, disrupt and prevent illegal wildlife trade (IWT).
The Transport Taskforce brings together high-level representatives of customs agencies, container shipping companies, airlines, logistics companies and freight forwarders, together with representatives from organisations engaged in conservation and anti-trafficking activities. It was established in March 2015 by the Duke of Cambridge and is led by Lord Hague of Richmond. It is coordinated by United for Wildlife, an initiative of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The main aim is to help transport companies identify any roles they might unwittingly play in IWT and seek ways that the sector can break the chain between suppliers and consumers. Members sign the Buckingham Palace Declaration, with 11 provisions setting out how they will achieve their commitment to "not knowingly facilitate or tolerate the carriage of [illegal] wildlife products”.
At the centre of Taskforce activity is the Information Sharing System (ISS), which provides case-specific intelligence alerts and regular strategic information bulletins on wildlife trafficking trends, typologies and red flags to Taskforce members. The ISS is implemented by the Basel Institute on Governance.
Last updated: 14.05.2020
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