Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES)



Illegal wildlife trade is one of the largest criminal markets in the world. Traffickers move thousands of endangered wildlife and products every year, and they do so by abusing legal transportation methods. We are working with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring together innovative partners to Reduce Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES). International conservation organizations, donors, government, and the transportation and logistics industry have come together for a multi-year collaborative program to disrupt wildlife trafficking by reducing the use of legal transportation supply chains.


ROUTES aims to identify and eliminate the ways in which criminals use legal transportation supply chains for illegal wildlife trade.


To achieve this goal, the partnership will work to:

  1. Improve the data and analytics on wildlife trafficking for evidence-based action;

  2. Engage corporate leadership to collaborate to combat wildlife trafficking;

  3. Improve the ability of transportation personnel to assist law enforcement to combat wildlife trafficking;

  4. Integrate wildlife trafficking into relevant industry standards and protocols; and

  5. Increase passenger and client awareness of wildlife trafficking issues.

A collaborative workshop was convened in Washington D.C. to bring together the mission and partnership framework of ROUTES.5



Posted on

October 24, 2018

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