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IWMC World Conservation Trust (Integrating Wildlife, Markets and Conservation: IWMC) was founded in 1994 by Eugene Lapointe, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in

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The Earth Island Institute

The Earth Island Institute’s (EII) dolphin-safe eco-‘trust’ label scheme relies on self-certification that demands no proof to confirm how few dolphins tuna fishing vessels claim that they kill or injure. This was a fact that the documentary Seaspiracy usefully exposed, regardless of its motive, which was to persuade people to go vegan, when it filmed EII’s spokesperson Mark Palmer admitting the truth. Namely that EII’s so-called eco-trust-label, which earns the NGO millions of dollars, does not guarantee ‘dolphin-safe’ tuna, even though its ‘seal of approval’ says it does on almost every can of tuna sold in the USA.

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Fauna & Flora International

UK Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organisation. It was established in 1903 as The Society for the Preservation of the

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Conservation Influencers

Conservation Influencers is a searchable directory of the animal activist, environmental and ecological lobby. It examines the history, mission, methodology and reputation of NGOs to assess their impact on the global conservation cause.

Franz Weber Foundation

From 1990 until 2015, Franz Weber Foundation (FFW) managed the Fazao-Malfakassa National Park in Togo, which was, according to an in-depth investigation by Duke University, ‘established by forcing the local communities off their land and without taking into consideration their point of view’. That same study cited convincing evidence from reports published in 1990, confirming that competition for land use was already ‘creating conflict between the local communities and park managers’. In 2015 Togo refused to renew FFW’s contract because, the report says, ‘local communities were still excluded from the management of the natural resources of their land’ and FFW had ‘failed to fulfil its contract’. Franz Weber Foundation plays a major role within CITES because it funds and manages from Switzerland the African Elephant Coalition (AEC), which represents 32 African range states, some of which have barely any elephants and others none at all. Contrary to the wishes of the range states in Southern Africa, which manage most of the world’s wild elephant populations, the AEC at CITES’ CoPs repeatedly tables proposals to put all of the world’s elephants in appendix I. And the AEC uses its voting power to keep in place prohibitions on ivory sales and all other trade in elephant-related derivatives, including skins and hair, which Southern African nations wish to legalise.