On 10th October, Arabian Aerospace reported that the illegal trade in wild animals and animal products amounts to around $23 billion a year, much of it operating around the air transport sector. However, it says, the USAID ROUTES Partnership, an organisation that specialises in disrupting wildlife trafficking, and the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), a non-profit research organisation, have come together to launch the first-ever data dashboard on wildlife trafficking in the air transport sector. The analysis relies on the C4ADS air seizure database, which features the most comprehensive collection of illegal wildlife trade seizures and includes instances in more than 130 countries. It is said that before companies and agencies can take action to combat wildlife trafficking they have to understand how it affects their regions, businesses, and supply chains. Also available is the Route Risk Tool allows users to check for wildlife trafficking instances along specific flight routes or to and from specific cities. Future iterations of the Tool will provide a risk estimate for each route based on past wildlife trafficking activity along that route.
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