Shared Skies convergence of wildlife trafficking with other illicit activities

Published 18 March 2021


Insights from wildlife trafficking in air transport can help address other forms of smuggling

New brief, Shared Skies, demonstrates that examining the links between different trafficking operations including wildlife, drugs and weapons is key to securing the aviation industry against transnational crime.

Shared Skies: Convergence of wildlife trafficking with other illicit activities in the aviation industry

Report author(s):
ROUTES Partnership

Publication date:
March 2021

About the ROUTES Partnership

The USAID Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership brings together transport and logistics companies, government agencies, development groups, law enforcement, conservation organisations and donors to disrupt wildlife trafficking activities, and forms a key element of the concerted international response to addressing wildlife poaching and associated criminal activities worldwide. Further information and resources can be found at


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the majority of overseas development assistance from the United States Government and works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity for America and the world.

About C4ADS

C4ADS is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.