Welcome to ROUTES

The Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species (ROUTES) Partnership brings together government agencies, transportation and logistics industry companies and representatives, international conservation, development and law enforcement organizations and donors in order to disrupt wildlife trafficking activities, and forms a key element of the concerted international response to addressing wildlife poaching and associated criminal activities worldwide.

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Welcome to ROUTES. Photo credit: USAID

Illegal wildlife (live and dead animals and products) 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 minimize the risk of detection. The good news is that right now there are increasing opportunities to collaborate with the international transportation sector to solve this problem. The political will, awareness and commitment to address the issue is growing by the day within sub‐segments of the industry‐‐currently led by the airline sector‐‐and increased willingness on the part of the shipping and express courier industries to be part of the discussion.

At the heart of ROUTES is a core group of partners collaborating with the U.S. Government and the transport sector that includes the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), Freeland, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), TRAFFIC and WWF. The $9.4 million, five-year (2015-2020) Partnership is funded by USAID and coordinated by TRAFFIC.