New tool to track wildlife trade
Cambridge, UK, 2nd April 2020—TRAFFIC today launched the Wildlife Trade Portal—set to become the most comprehensive open-access repository of wildlife trade data. The Portal has been developed thanks to the generous support of Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, via the ReTTA project.
The initial roll out of the Portal allows users to access relevant information from TRAFFIC’s wildlife trade seizure database.
There is currently intense interest in illegal trade in wildlife, given its potential link to the creation and spread of SARS-CoV-2 and the public health crisis caused by Covid-19.
In the new Portal, seizure data can be viewed as a list or within a dashboard of interactive charts and maps. Users can gather in-depth information about specific incidents, such as the species involved, products seized, or the location and export the results for further analysis.
TRAFFIC’s partners can also contribute their own relevant data and over time the Portal will be expanded to include information on a wide-range of wildlife trade taking place—legal and illegal.
Users must register to access the system—to do so, please go to www.wildlifetradeportal.org and create an account.