Yesterday, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, became Patron of two wildlife conservation charities, handed to His Royal Highness by The Queen of England and The Duke of Edinburgh.
As per an official statement released by the Palace, the new patronages, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), align with The Duke of Cambridge’s longstanding work around conservation and support for communities protecting their natural environment for future generations.
Established in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s oldest international wildlife conservation organization. The Queen has held the role of Patron for almost seven decades.
FFI focuses on protecting biodiversity, which underpins healthy ecosystems and is critical for the life-support systems that humans and all other species rely on. It protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, as well as enhance human well-being.
Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide, FFI is also a founding member of United for Wildlife, a coalition of conservation organizations, governments, and global corporations that are working together to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.
As previously reported by WAN, United For Wildlife, which is led by The Duke of Cambridge and The Royal Foundation, is working to protect endangered species such as: elephants, rhinos, tigers, and pangolins from extinction.
“The appointment of The Duke of Cambridge as Patron of FFI comes at a critical time for our planet with the world facing the combined and interconnected global threats posed by COVID-19, climate collapse, and biodiversity meltdown,” noted a statement released by FFI. “At this crucial juncture, we are confident that Prince William can play a pivotal role in enabling FFI to focus global attention on the urgent need for action to safeguard the natural world.”
The British Trust for Ornithology aims to empower communities to protect native bird species and their natural habitats in order to ensure that they are preserved for generations to come, whilst also working to promote the benefits of the natural world for our health and wellbeing. Through its network of volunteers, the BTO gathers data to build upon the understanding of the natural world, providing a solid evidence base that supports informed decision-making and conservation efforts.
The Duke of Edinburgh has been Patron of the BTO for over thirty years, and is a lifelong ornithology enthusiast. His Royal Highness’ interest was first sparked in 1956 while traveling in the Royal Yacht Britannia between New Zealand and Antarctica, where The Duke began to identify and photograph the seabirds native to the region.
WAN would like to remind readers that the meat and dairy industries encroach and destroy natural habitats to clear land for grazing, thereby causing loss of biodiversity and driving species to extinction. Also, let us not forget about the billions of birds – chickens, turkeys, and ducks – trapped in the horrific factory farming system. The best thing that we can all do is to stop supporting these destructive industries by ditching meat and dairy products.