Asian countries/territories continue to be major consumers of wildlife products. Current levels of consumption, if left unchecked, are threatening the continued survival in the wild of a wide variety off fauna and flora.
By co-operating with government departments, industry and civil society organisations, we are helping to bring about transformative change across both wildlife legislation and consumer attitudes.
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TRAFFIC’s work in Asia is an essential component in the global fight against wildlife criminals and the move towards sustainable wildlife consumptionJames Compton, Senior Director – Asia Pacific
We have numerous priorities across Asia, explore the context to some of the most pressing issues below.
Although China’s domestic ivory market closure was a major achievement for TRAFFIC, WWF and other NGOs, there is much that remains to be done if the illegal ivory trade’s devastating influence on African Elephant populations is to be reversed. Monitoring illegal online and physical trade and supporting enforcement agencies across the world are two esential components of our ongoing work.
The development of new and existing sustainability frameworks for the harvesting and trade in timber and medicinal plants is another project focus. Through certification schemes such as the FairWild Standard we help to protect ecosystems from over-exploitation and ensure local communities and businesses harvest and trade in wildlife products in a sustainable, responsible and equitable way.
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