Main Issue

Poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking are reaching unprecedented levels, threatening the long-term survival of populations of numerous keystone species, including the African elephant, rhinos, tigers and pangolins. Tens of thousands of elephants have been slaughtered for their ivory, and rhinos are poached for their horns to near extinction. The growing decline in wildlife populations will have long-term negative impacts on local communities because they will be deprived of future livelihood options, and have fewer opportunities to gain from tourism revenue. Read more+

What We Do

In June 2015, in response to this growing crisis and to the international call for action, the GEF launched the flagship “Global Partnership on Wildlife Conservation and Crime Prevention for Sustainable Development” program. A US$90 million grant from the GEF is helping to mobilize an additional US$513 million from a wide range of partners, including the governments of participating countries, GEF Agencies, bilateral and multilateral donors, foundations, the private sector and civil society.

The program aims at stopping poaching, trafficking and demand for wildlife and wildlife products illegally traded between Africa and Asia. It is a comprehensive effort to protect threatened species and their habitats, with a suite of investments to address the problems and look for short- and long-term solutions in the source, transit and demand countries. Read more+


The objective of the Global Wildlife Program is to reduce poaching and illegal trade of threatened species, as well as to protect their natural habitats. Ultimately, the program aims to stabilize or increase the number of, and area occupied by, elephant, rhino and big cat (i.e. lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs) populations at program sites. Country-based projects will strengthen opportunities for local communities to benefit from healthy wildlife, not least in terms of tourism. All in all, the program will help put millions of hectares under sustainable land management.