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Wildlife traffickers exploit legal air and maritime transport companies to smuggle wildlife across all continents of the world

USAID ROUTES Partnership Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species

Wildlife traffickers exploit legal air and maritime transport companies to smuggle wildlife across all continents of the world

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Illegal wildlife typically travels great distances from source to market, making it a logistics and transport-intensive activity. Wildlife traffickers exploit the increasing connectivity of global transportation, online markets and gaps in law enforcement to minimise the risk of detection.

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, academia 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

45% of air-trafficked wildlife is

smuggled in passenger baggage

Michelle Owen

traffickers rely on public and commercial transport chains to smuggle illegal wildlife products. Transport personnel can play a key role in supporting law enforcement by helping to identify and report wildlife trafficking

Michelle Owen, Project Leader – ROUTES

how ROUTES operates to combat wildlife trafficking

more information on ROUTES

More information about the ROUTES Partnership and the resources available to the aviation industry to reduce wildlife trafficking can be found on the ROUTES website.

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How Aviation Staff Can Help Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade

related news and reports to ROUTES

explore news items and recent publications related to our work within the ROUTES partnership or view the latest media coverage on the ROUTES site below.

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latest reports and materials

Training modules, trade route monitoring and awareness materials all form part of the way in which ROUTES tackles wildlife smuggling. View the latest resources here.

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core members of the ROUTES partnership