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Oak Foundation’s Environment Programme is committed to protect rhinoceros and elephant populations from illegal wildlife trade by making sure conditions exist for these species’ survival in the wild. The illegal trade in wildlife is driven by a multitude of factors, including the growth of organised trafficking syndicates, poor law enforcement, porous borders and soaring demand for wildlife products.


To give wild populations of rhinoceros and elephant a reprieve from illegal trading, we need a formidable, coordinated response by all partners for every link in the supply chain.


Our strategy encourages dual approaches that address the root causes of the wildlife trade and recognise the complementary role of governments, non-governmental organisations and the private sector. Our conservation efforts are informed by our deep respect for the legitimate interests and human rights of communities and indigenous peoples who live in and around conservation areas as well as by concern for the protection of the natural environment.

Our strategy focuses on three key areas: trafficking, governance and global capacity building.





Wildlife Conservation
and Trade Strategy

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Disrupting illegal wildlife
trade networks

We believe that much of the legal framework to fight the illegal wildlife trade is already in place; however, it is unevenly enforced and criminal networks have access to more resources than conservationists.


Our approach: We champion organisations that disrupt wildlife trafficking networks by using intelligence-led approaches while building law enforcement and judiciary capacity. We also support organisations that move the conservation agenda forward by providing better information on wildlife crime.


Our strategy aims to:


  • strengthen civil society partnerships through formal and informal enforcement networks;
  • build capacity for effective law enforcement and prosecution; and
  • enable conditions that ensure adequate resources are in place for targeted actions.



Correcting distortions that
enable illegal wildlife trade

We believe that some governance mechanisms regulating wildlife trade are out-dated and contain loopholes criminals can exploit, such as legal domestic trade.


Our approach: We support organisations that use solid evidence to advocate for policy reforms that build transnational cooperation and work to eliminate markets for illegal wildlife products. We also support organisations that promote effective, accountable and transparent government action in all countries involved in trade explicitly or through complicity.


Our strategy aims to:


  • improve the regulatory environment to reduce profits earned by traffickers;
  • strengthen enforcement through mechanisms such as international and domestic bans and bilateral jurisdictional agreements; and
  • promote conservation leadership among decision makers.



Global Capacity:
Advancing knowledge, fostering
innovation and leveraging funding

We believe the conservation sector can benefit from better data and analysis, technology, innovation and additional resources.


Our approach: We support organisations that seek to advance knowledge, foster innovation and leverage funding to benefit the entire conservation sector.


Our strategy aims to build new capacities by:


  • helping increase efficiencies by integrating conservation into existing poverty and crime reduction programmes; and
  • complementing private investments in conservation by providing leadership and collaboration.


Our aim is to strengthen the resilience of the wildlife conservation ecosystem for all wild species by eliminating crime and promoting better laws, policies and market regulations.





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