David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s project position on wildlife trade
Whilst we as an organisation are anti-trade, we accept that the issues in the conservation landscape are complex and we make it our business to ensure that we maintain communications and relationships with organisations who have a different position to ours on wider conservation issues. This means that our team is able to access information and have a deeper understanding of operations at all levels in the name of conservation, which would otherwise be closed to us, therefore limiting our overall understanding of issues on the ground.
DSWF operates in many countries which have different views on consumptive and sustainable use of wildlife products to the Foundation but that does not mean we simply shy away from the work being done at ground-based level for species survival. These countries are often some of the most key conservation areas and landscapes. We ensure that we work within clear and transparent parameters with partners in countries with opposing views, without compromising our core values and objectives, and we report accordingly.
As an organisation funding projects in Africa and Asia, we feel strongly that we should always engage in dialogue with those who hold different views to ours, best informing all aspects of our conservation work. This allows us the capability of considering every eventuality and gives us a better understanding of the reality of what is happening both on the ground and at international policy level. Thereafter we work tirelessly to fight the war on wildlife crime.