The illegal killing and trafficking of threatened wildlife species is one of the most urgent conservation issues of our time. Skyrocketing demand for illegal wildlife products and increasing involvement from international criminal syndicates is pushing many charismatic African wildlife species over the edge.
Simultaneously, poorly-regulated or mismanaged legal wildlife trade is posing threats to lesser-known flora and fauna. TRAFFIC's project, Reducing Trade Threats to Africa's wild species and ecosystems (ReTTA), works to identify trends in illegal or unsustainable trade and help develop national and international solutions that could turn the tide for wildlife.
Information is power, and at ReTTA's core is the drive to identify, understand and anticipate wildlife trade trends that could push African species over the edge.Julian Rademeyer, ReTTA Project Leader
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High-profile declines in populations of charismatic species due to poaching and illegal trade, although pressing conservation concerns, can often eclipse threats to lesser-known wildlife populations.
A recent analysis undertaken through ReTTA reviewed trade in CITES-listed species between 41 African nations and countries/territories in East and Southeast Asia. Included in the findings was that between 2006 and 2015, 1.3-million live animals and plants, 1.5-million skins and two thousand tonnes of meat from CITES-listed species have been exported from Africa.
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