Resources on Illegal Wildlife Trade
Below are some of the most relevant tools, instruments, and reports published by leading organizations on combating IWT. This up-to-date repository can be searched by the use of key words or sorted by column, and is another component facilitating donor coordination on counter-IWT project design, development and implementation. Below the table, other project mapping tools accessible online are presented.
Reports and Handbooks
Other Counter-IWT Mapping Tools and Databases
The Global Environmental Crime Tracker
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) developed the Global Environmental Crime Tracker. The data collected from publicly available information is displayed in an interactive dashboard, and you may sort by incident country, species, wildlife product, year, shipping route etc. to obtain information on seizures, rate of arrest and conviction, and drill down to a very detailed level of information on IWT. The Crime Tracker can be accessed here.
Wildlife Trade Portal
The Wildlife Trade Portal is an interactive tool, displaying TRAFFIC’s open source wildlife seizure and incident data. The results are displayed as a list and in dashboard format, and all information is based on publicly accessible sources. Searches criteria include Species, Countries, Time period, Location, and Taxonomic Group, among others. The Portal can be accessed here.
The World Bank – Illegal Wildlife Trade Ebook
This Ebook was developed based on the results of the World Bank report “Analysis of International Funding to tackle Illegal Wildlife Trade” (2016). The tool presents aggregate funding figures, such as per donor and per region, and can be accessed here.
Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade Financial Toolkit
Focusing on IWT between Africa and Asia, the toolkit is aimed at supporting financial institutions in addressing and reporting suspicious transactions. It discusses, among others, red flag indicators, highlighting methods by which IWT is concealed within legitimate trade, and provides guidance for financial institutions on how to conduct a risk assessment to identify the specific IWT related risks associated with their unique business. The toolkit can be accessed here.
EndPandemics is a global alliance of organizations that launched a global coordinated campaign to reduce the risks of pandemics by addressing the root causes of all zoonotic outbreaks. Solutions featured are aligned with at least one of the Alliance’s four pillars of action: Protect Nature, Stop Trafficking, Reduce Demand, and Reform Farming. You may learn more about the Alliance and its initiatives here.
People not Poaching
The People Not Poaching online learning platform aims to support community-based approaches to tackling IWT. With contributions from practitioners and communities, the initiative aims to gather a global evidence base that will build awareness and knowledge-sharing about community approaches to reducing IWT. The platform shares experiences of community-based initiatives used to combat poaching via case studies and resources. The platform can be reached here.
Global Fishing Watch Map
The Global Fishing Watch Map is the first open-access online tool for visualization and analysis of vessel-based human activity at sea. Anyone with an internet connection can access the map to monitor global fishing activity from 2012 to the present for more than 65,000 commercial fishing vessels that are responsible for a significant part of global seafood catch. The map can be accessed here.
Oxpeckers – Investigative Environmental Journalism
The Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism is Africa’s first journalistic investigation unit focusing on environmental issues. The Center combines traditional investigative reporting with data analysis and geo-mapping tools to expose eco-offences and track organised criminal syndicates. The website contains a wide variety of tools, such as #WildEye Asia and #WildEye Europe, PoachTracker, RhinoCourtCases, and #MineAlert. These tools can be accessed here.
ENCORE (Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risks and Exposure)
ENCORE highlights how the economy depends on nature and how environmental change creates risks for businesses. The tool helps global banks, investors and insurance firms assess the risks that environmental degradation causes for financial institutions. These risks can be explored further to understand location-specific risks with maps of natural capital assets and drivers of environmental change. The tool can be accessed here.
Relevant Libraries and Toolkits
Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Library
IUCN-Species Survival Commission
Toolbox for Indigenous Territorial Management and Community-based Natural Resource Management
WCS – (Spanish)
Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit