THE WILDLIFE TRADE MONITORING NETWORK
we work to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
HOW WE WORK
PATHWAYS TO CATALYSING CHANGE
TRAFFIC’s believes in a world where wildlife trade maintains wildlife populations and contributes to sustainable human development. Through research, analysis, guidance and influence we promote sustainable wildlife trade and combat illegal crime and trafficking.
TRAFFIC’s considerable reputation, credibility and influence are built on its development of carefully researched, reliable knowledge, its sound and impartial analysis of wildlife trade issues, its awareness of the wider socio-economic setting, its strategic approach to catalysing change and its wide experience of assisting the practical application of solutions.
As human populations have grown, so has demand for wildlife resources. Whether for food, medicine, construction or lifestyle, wildlife trade is an increasingly important component to the economies and lifestyles of societies across the world. The trade in timber and seafood for example is estimated to be worth a combined total of USD300 billion a year.
Given the scale of such demand, it has become critically important to ensure that responsible practices, sustainability and traceability are promoted throughout supply chains. We work with governments, international organizations and local communities to ensure that legal wildlife trade brings benefits without impacting on the conservation of nature.
TRAFFIC’s global network is research-driven, action-oriented, and committed to delivering innovative and practical solutions to wildlife trade issues based on the latest information. TRAFFIC has offices and personnel strategically deployed in key wildlife trading areas of the world. This provides TRAFFIC with the unique strength to be able to work on issues around wildlife trade in producing, trading and consumer countries.