HANOI, November 17, 2016 – The Global Wildlife Program has released the first-ever review of international donor funding for combatting illegal wildlife trade in Africa and Asia, which shows that over $1.3 billion was committed by 24 international donors since 2010, or approximately $190 million per year.
While there is growing momentum from the international community to combat wildlife crime, reliable information on donor funding has been lacking. The Analysis of International Funding to Tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade fills this gap by showing the scale of funding by donors and the depth and breadth of activities to tackle the crisis.
“Wildlife crime robs countries of their natural assets and undermines sustainable and inclusive development,” said Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank. "If we're to tackle this effectively we need strong coordination of donor efforts and financing."
Key findings of the report include:
- A total of $1.3 billion was committed by 24 international donors between 2010 and June 2016, funding 1,105 projects in 60 different countries and various regional and global projects.
- The top five donors were the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Germany, the United States, the European Commission, and the World Bank Group, who together contributed $1.1 billion of the total funding (86%).
- Sixty-three percent of the funds went toward efforts in Africa ($833 million), 29% to Asia ($381 million), 6% to global programs and initiatives ($81 million), and 2% to projects covering both Africa and Asia ($35 million).
- The top five recipient countries were Tanzania (8%), the Democratic Republic of Congo (5%), Mozambique (5%), Gabon (3%), and Bangladesh (3%).
- Forty-six percent of the funding supported protected area management, while 19% went to law enforcement including intelligence-led operations and transnational coordination, 15% for sustainable use and alternative livelihoods, 8% for policy and legislation, 6% for research and assessment, and 6% for communication and awareness raising.