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Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus, imported through Europe for the global pet trade

Europe working on monitoring trade and promoting international enforcement collaboration

Red-rumped Parrot Psephotus haematonotus, imported through Europe for the global pet trade

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TRAFFIC in Europe

Europe is one of the largest and most diverse markets for wildlife and wildlife products, serving as both an end market and transit hub for wildlife products in trade.

The removal of internal border controls since the formation of the European Union's (EU) single market has created new avenues and opportunities for transboundary wildlife crime. New smuggling methods and routes are actively sought out by traffickers to avoid detection, making close international collaboration a high priority. We're working to identify threats from unsustainable trade and consumption in Europe, as well as supporting governments in their efforts to detect and prevent illegal trade.

current focus:

trade monitoring, collaborative enforcement, sustainable wild plant harvesting

contact us in Europe

Belgium

+32 2 340 0927
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Hungary

+36 1 214 5554 (Ext 126)
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Sweden

+46 8 624 7400
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TRAFFIC Global Office (UK)

+44 (0)1223 277427
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Katalin Kecse-Nagy, Director - Europe

Relaxed border control in any of the EU Member States presents opportunities for illicit traders to smuggle illegal wildlife products into the EU single market, making close co-operation between Member States essential

Katalin Kecse-Nagy, Director - Europe

some areas of focus within wildlife trade in Europe

Explore priorities we're working on within wildlife trade in Europe and their links to our wider projects.

Europe's trade in wildlife products is extremely diverse, varying from wild plant ingredients and wildlife-based medicines to threatened birds and exotic pets. Germany for example is a major consumer, producer, and processor of medicinal and aromatic plants, with imports worth US$250 million in 2015 alone. 

TRAFFIC is helping to implement the FairWild Standard as a framework for the sustainable harvesting of wild plants in several European countries—an ancient trade that support the livelihoods of some of Europe's most impoverished communities. Supporting the implementation of CITES and enforcement agencies is another major priority within Europe, as well as assessing new trade trends and wildlife commodities.

a selection of our conservation projects in Europe

latest reports related to EUROPE

Europe is a major consumer and trader of wildlife products. Explore the latest publications here.

For the full TRAFFIC archive, visit our publications page.