The Hague, 18 January 2017: The Wildlife Justice Commission has received a large grant from the Swedish Postcode Foundation for 2017.
The grant regards an investigation into criminal syndicates operating on the African continent and engaged in the trafficking of several iconic endangered species.
The Swedish Postcode Foundation’s vision is to contribute to a sustainable development for people, animals and nature by supporting charitable projects. Planet earth is unique – it is the only known planet where humans and animals can live. Therefore, it is imperative for The Swedish Postcode Foundation to take good care of it.
Josefin Carlring, General Manager of The Swedish Postcode Foundation said:
“The window of opportunity to prevent the extinction of many iconic species is closing. If we are to preserve elephants, rhinoceroses, and tigers for future generations, we need to act now before it is too late. The Swedish Postcode Foundation is committed to supporting actions to conserve wildlife and we believe the work by the Wildlife Justice Commission constitutes a very important part in the chain to stop poaching and illegal trade.”
Executive Director of the Wildlife Justice Commission, Olivia Swaak-Goldman said:
“We are incredibly grateful to the Swedish Postcode Foundation for the support they have shown us and their commitment to our work. Wildlife crime is estimated to be a €20 bn a year illegal business, being the 4th largest illegal trade in the world. Only drug trafficking, counterfeiting and human trafficking are thought to bring higher revenues for transnational organised criminal networks. The effects of inaction are irreversible; many endangered species face imminent extinction. It takes courage to fund organisations such as Wildlife Justice Commission and we are grateful to have the support of the Swedish Postcode Foundation.”
Our primary goal is to achieve justice for the wildlife and the communities affected by the illegal wildlife trade. Operating globally, our work reflects the transnational nature of the illegal wildlife trade and typically covers multiple countries within each investigation. We currently have ten investigation in progress at different stages.
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Swedish Postcode Foundation
The Swedish Postcode Foundation’s mission is to promote a sustainable development for people and planet by supporting charitable projects and organizations in Sweden and around the world. The Swedish Postcode Foundation is a beneficiary of the Swedish Postcode Lottery and has supported over 350 projects with a total of 1 billion SEK.
Wildlife Justice Commission:
- An international not-for-profit organisation based in The Hague, NL, and operating globally to disrupt and help dismantle transnational, organised wildlife crime.
- The objective of our investigations is to activate justice. Sometimes this happens immediately while other investigations take longer if they require extensive national dialogue. If cooperation and dialogue do not effect a response, a Public Hearing is convened.
- Through leveraging the rule of law and solid investigations, to expose criminal networks and the corruption that enables them to flourish; helping to ensure governments effectively enforce their laws.
- Our scope encompasses illegal trade by organised transnational criminal networks in endangered wildlife species, timber and fisheries