Environment: Wildlife Conservation and Trade Strategy

The Oak Foundation

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Grant amount: More than US $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Organizations

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Africa

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Environment Programme: Wildlife Conservation and Trade Strategy

Oak Foundation’s Environment Programme is committed to protecting rhinoceros and elephant populations by making sure that conditions exist for these species’ survival in the wild.

To give wild populations of rhinoceros and elephant a reprieve from illegal trading, we need a formidable, coordinated response by all partners for every link in the supply chain.

Our strategy encourages dual approaches that address the root causes of the wildlife trade and recognize the complementary role of governments, not-for-profit organisations and the private sector. Our conservation efforts are informed by our deep respect for the legitimate interests and human rights of communities and indigenous peoples who live in and around conservation areas as well as by concern for the protection of the natural environment.

The 3 key areas

Our strategy focuses on three key areas: trafficking, governance and global capacity building.

Strengthening conservation efforts to ensure the safety of endangered wildlife

Our approach: We champion organisations that use intelligence-led approaches while building law enforcement and judiciary capacity to protect endangered animals. 

Our strategy aims to:

  • strengthen civil society partnerships through formal and informal enforcement networks;
  • build capacity for effective law enforcement and prosecution; and
  • enable conditions that ensure adequate resources are in place for targeted actions.


Our approach: We support organisations that use solid evidence to advocate for policy reforms that build transnational cooperation and work to eliminate markets for illegal wildlife products. We also support organisations that promote effective, accountable and transparent government action that protect endangered animals. 

Our strategy aims to:

  • improve the regulatory environment;
  • strengthen protections through mechanisms such as international and domestic bans and bilateral jurisdictional agreements; and
  • promote conservation leadership among decision makers.

Global Capacity Building: Advancing knowledge, fostering innovation and leveraging funding

We believe the conservation sector can benefit from better data and analysis, technology, innovation and additional resources. 

Our approach: We support organisations that seek to advance knowledge, foster innovation and leverage funding to benefit the entire conservation sector. 

Our strategy aims to build new capacities by: 

  • helping increase efficiencies by integrating conservation efforts into existing poverty and crime reduction programmes; and
  • complementing private investments in conservation by providing leadership and collaboration. 

Our aim is to strengthen the resilience of the wildlife conservation ecosystem for all wild species by eliminating crime and promoting better laws, policies and market regulations.

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  • We do not provide support to individuals, and do not provide funding for scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
  • We also do not fund religious organisations for religious purposes or election campaigns. 
  • Except in special circumstances, we generally do not provide programme grants under USD 25,000.