There is good news this week in the fight to stop illegal wildlife trafficking and save some of the world’s iconic species. The NGO WildAid reports that shark fin soup consumption and prices are down dramatically in China:
That’s good news for the governments – including our friends in the UK – and campaigners (you can see a few you may know from the UK and China below) who are working tirelessly to reduce supply of and demand for endangered species, as we work to end this ecological crisis that is also the fourth largest source of revenue for global organized crime, trailing only the trades in drugs, weapons, and people.
From wildlife trafficking to climate change, cooperation between traditional allies like the United States and the United Kingdom and emerging powers, including China is proving to be the key to progress. Maybe this environmental diplomacy thing has legs after all…