Without action to stop poaching and uncontrolled hunting, we could see vast tracks of tropical forests emptied of their wildlife in the Congo Basin. We are working with partners to:
- Create and manage protected areas: Protected areas remain by far the most effective tool for long-term biodiversity conservation.
- Protect wildlife in logging concessions: By providing workers and their families with alternative proteins, and controlling access roads for bushmeat poachers, logging companies can be key partners in wildlife conservation.
- Clamp down on wildlife crime: We put wildlife crime and illegal hunting on the highest political agendas in the region, and lobbying for stronger laws that will place illicit wildlife trade on the same level as illegal trade in drugs or arms.
- Address weak governance and corruption: We expose government officials involved in the illegal wildlife trade and congratulate governments that are showing zero tolerance for corruption.
- Build capacity and support: We help strengthen law enforcement, anti-poaching, and awareness-raising activities.
- Reduce demand: In cooperation with our offices and partners in Southeast Asia, we work on demand reduction strategies for illegal wildlife products such as ivory and great apes.