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ROUTES

(Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species)


The official ROUTES website is now live. Find out the latest news on the ROUTES Partnership.

The USAID ROUTES (Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species) Partnership was established in October 2015 with a five-year mandate of collaboration and implementation of activities to assist the transport sector in efforts to reduce wildlife trafficking via land, sea and air.

Funded by USAID (the United States Agency for International Development) and led by TRAFFIC, ROUTES has established collaboration across government agencies, transportation and logistics industry representatives, international conservation organizations and donors.

The Problem:

 
Ivory seized in Malaysia in December 2012 © TRAFFIC Illegal wildlife trade is an issue of global concern. Poaching of iconic wildlife species, including elephants and rhinos is at a record high, their ivory and horn respectively trafficked to distant markets, while there are significant impacts from the associated organized crime on broader issues such as rule of law, national security, rural livelihoods and economic development. A concerted international response is needed to address this crisis.

The Solution:

 
A pictorial representation of discussions at a workshop for transportation businesses convened by TRAFFIC © Imawan Rahadianto Heightened patrolling, more and better equipped rangers, the engagement of local communities in conservation action, better enforcement and intelligence sharing and efforts to move consumer behavior away from threatened wildlife products are all essential elements of an overall solution to ending the poaching crisis and bringing down the criminal networks orchestrating it.

The ROUTES Partnership aims to complement these approaches through co-ordinating the transport sector’s response to target the very means by which organized criminals move or use others to move their contraband from source to end-use markets.

Overall Goal of ROUTES: To disrupt wildlife trafficking by reducing the use of legal transportation supply chains



To achieve this goal, the ROUTES Partnernship will:

 

  • Improve the data and analytics on wildlife trafficking within passenger and cargo supply chains for evidence-based action.

 

 

  • Engage corporate leadership to collaborate to combat wildlife trafficking

 

 

  • Improve the ability of transportation personnel to assist law enforcement to combat wildlife trafficking

 

 

  • Integrate wildlife trafficking into relevant industry standards and protocols

 

 

  • Increase passenger and client awareness of wildlife trafficking issues

 

More information

Visit the ROUTES website.

 

 

 

Initial Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) about ROUTES.

ROUTES Program Description (PDF, 1.5 MB)

ROUTES was established through a collaborative process involving a wide body of relevant stakeholders.

ROUTES is implemented through a core team who directly advise on the design and facilitate implementation of ROUTES activities; a consultative body who provide expertise, an opportunity to amplify/magnify ROUTES results and further collaboration of efforts to combat wildlife trafficking within transportation and logistics supply chains; and a community of interest, who share information, successes, and challenges in the transportation and logistics sector and scale-up impact.

To find out how you or your company can be part of the international solution to wildlife trafficking, contact Michelle Owen at: michelle.owen@traffic.org

ROUTES Core Partners

  • Freeland Foundation
  • International Air Transport Association
  • TRAFFIC
  • U.S Agency for International Development
  • Center for Advanced Defense Studies
  • WWF

Consultative body

  • African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)
  • Airlines for America
  • CITES Secretariat
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • INTERPOL
  • Kenya Airways
  • Michigan State University (MSU)
  • Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
  • SGS S.A.
  • United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • U.S. Army Research Office
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • World Bank

 

Trade routes for large-scale ivory seizures, 2012-2013 © TRAFFIC