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 organizations, 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. 

How Aviation Staff Can Help Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade (Global)

This 3-minute video was produced with the support of the USAID ROUTES Partnership to help inform aviation staff about how to stop wildlife trafficking through air transport. The species and modes of trafficking in this video are examples and are not exclusive. The illegal wildlife trade is constantly evolving and staff can help by being aware of some of the key things to look out for.

Wildlife Trafficking Training Tools

ROUTES has developed a range of training tools for roles across the air transport sector.
These resources help teach employees how to detect, safety respond to, and report incidents of wildlife trafficking.

News and Updates

  • Mar 08, 2019 · News Item

    Illegal wildlife trade: overview of airport assessments

    4 March 2019 - Studies have shown that the air mode has become a sought-after transport avenue for criminals wishing to move illicit wildlife products from one country to another. Not only is air transport fast and convenient, it also allows large consignments to be broken up into smaller ones,…
  • Mar 07, 2019 · News Item

    Qatar Airways Launches Industry-Leading Staff Training Programme To Tackle Global Wildlife Crime

    DOHA, Qatar, 26 February 2019 - Qatar Airways has launched an industry-leading training programme focused on preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. The bespoke e-learning package, developed by Qatar Airways to enhance employee awareness regarding the illegal trafficking of wildlife, is targeted at those roles within the airline which are most likely…
  • Feb 08, 2019 · News Item

    How Wildlife Traffickers Use Chinese New Year

    8 February 2019 - Abalone will be on the banquet table of many Chinese families celebrating Spring Festival this year. The sea mollusc will probably have been illegally poached and smuggled all the way from Africa by criminal syndicates to be steamed, braised, sautéed or turned into a creamy sauce.