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
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 traffickingMichelle Owen, Project Leader – 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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