Support to the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund

Clients: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The IWT Challenge Fund channels UK funding to new and bold measures to tackle illegal wildlife trade.

LTS manages the administration and M&E of both Darwin Initiative and IWT projects.

  • Since 1992 Darwin has funded 997 projects in 159 countries. In 2014 it reached the milestone of over £100M committed since 1992.
  • To date, £9.8M has been committed to 34 projects through the IWT Challenge Fund.
  • Both are contracted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with input from the Department for International Development and the Foreign Commonwealth Office (DEFRA, DFID and FCO).


Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to the survival of some of the world’s most threatened species. In February 2014 the UK government hosted The London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, which brought together over fifty countries and international organisations to agree new and bold measures to tackle the trade.

Since this time, IWT has emerged as an international priority and IWT Challenge Fund projects also respond to commitments outlined in the Kasane Statement. From an initial £10M committed following the London Conference, the UK Government has now pledged additional funding.

The fund is available to governments, charities and NGOs, social enterprises and businesses, and to partnerships of these organisations. More information on the fund can be found at


LTS’s involvement in the design and implementation of the applications for IWT Challenge Fund included substantive liaison with Government representatives from the 3 departments. Our support to the fund since its inception has included:

  • Design and implementation of application scheme
  • Design and implementation of project monitoring financial management of projects.

Value and benefits

The IWT Challenge Fund has three key objectives

  • developing sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by illegal wildlife trade
  • strengthening law enforcement and the role of the criminal justice system
  • reducing demand for wildlife products.

Key Staff

Victoria Pinion

Senior Consultant