Conservation

The natural world is our most important asset

Over the last ten years,the evidence that we face urgent challenges to protect the environment has become indisputable, and it’s clear that the time to act is now. We must work together to overcome climate change, the illegal wildlife trade and unsustainable development and use of resources.

The Royal Foundation addresses these pressing environmental and conservation crises by bringing together environmentalists, businesses, global leaders, and NGOs to find solutions.

The Earthshot Prize

At the start of the new decade, Prince William launched The Earthshot Prize – an ambitious set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

The Earthshots aim to reward progress across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. The Prize could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone who is making a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving these environmental challenges. In addition to a significant financial award, winners will receive large-scale public recognition for their work that will aim to inspire business and government collaboration and scaling.

The Earthshot Prize

At the start of the new decade, Prince William launched The Earthshot Prize – an ambitious set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

The Earthshots aim to reward progress across all sectors of industry and society, not just technology. The Prize could be awarded to a wide range of individuals, teams or collaborations – scientists, activists, economists, leaders, governments, banks, businesses, cities, and countries – anyone who is making a substantial development or outstanding contribution to solving these environmental challenges. In addition to a significant financial award, winners will receive large-scale public recognition for their work that will aim to inspire business and government collaboration and scaling.

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Illegal wildlife trade

The illegal poaching and trafficking of wildlife, plants and animals is a global crisis, with many species being pushed towards extinction. The impact of this trade goes beyond the threat posed to wildlife. Local communities, global and national security, and legitimate trade chains are all affected.

United for Wildlife has combined forces with the private sector to stop the trafficking of wildlife products through its Financial Taskforce and Transport Taskforce. The Taskforces bring together businesses in the transport and financial sectors to break the chains of the illegal wildlife trade.

Illegal wildlife trade

The illegal poaching and trafficking of wildlife, plants and animals is a global crisis, with many species being pushed towards extinction. The impact of this trade goes beyond the threat posed to wildlife. Local communities, global and national security, and legitimate trade chains are all affected.

United for Wildlife has combined forces with the private sector to stop the trafficking of wildlife products through its Financial Taskforce and Transport Taskforce. The Taskforces bring together businesses in the transport and financial sectors to break the chains of the illegal wildlife trade.

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“The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. Remember the awe inspiring civilisations that we have built, the life-saving technology we have created, the fact that we have put a man on the moon. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth.”

– Prince William