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TRAFFIC India's work

Bridging the gap in effective wildlife law enforcement in India through capacity building programmes:
Capacity-building is a significant component of TRAFFIC India’s overall strategy to help curb illegal wildlife trade in India. Under this programme, TRAFFIC provides training and inputs to a diverse group of officials working on wildlife enforcement and other related issues. The programme aims to improve understanding amongst the enforcement agencies about wildlife laws and their implementation.

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Training sniffer dogs for wildlife crime detection and prevention
For the first time in India, sniffer dogs are being used to track illegal wildlife trade and curb wildlife crime. TRAFFIC India with support from the forest departments and sniffer dog training centers has been organizing training of the dogs that are then deployed by various state forest departments across India. So far 12 dogs have been trained across India and have been deployed by the Forest Departments of Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttarakhand.

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Conducting research and providing analysis on wildlife trade and its trends
The impact of wildlife trade on biodiversity remains poorly understood and the knowledge about the species entering into trade, and the extent to which the level of trade is damaging the species and the ecosystem, is limited. Even for the legally traded species there is not enough clarity on the conservation impact on the species harvested. Given the dynamics of trade, it becomes imperative to constantly engage on ground to gather information on trade flows and trends. At the same time it is also required to collate information related to trade of wild species, their parts and derivatives and provide its analysis. TRAFFIC India targets this very need and provides adequate and timely information on the trends to the key decision makers and implementers to influence their action towards wildlife conservation. Latest are the eye opening reports on illegal trade in owls and illegal trade in Leopards in India.

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Shark in auto
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Awareness generation
“Don’t Buy Trouble” is one of TRAFFIC India’s first consumer awareness campaign that advises tourists to be careful of what they buy as souvenirs during their travels. The campaign has been running successfully since 2008 at airports, Tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife resorts/hotels, travel agencies, schools, colleges and other prominent locations. TRAFFIC’s latest campaigned is the WANTED ALIVE series on the four Asian big cats.

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Hoarding at DND
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Encouraging international collaborations to fight wildlife crime
TRAFFIC played a key role in bringing together the South Asian countries to form the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN). The main aim of this initiative is to have the countries collaborate and cooperate to fight wildlife crime in the region. SAWEN was formally established at an inter-governmental meeting hosted in Paro by the Royal Government of Bhutan, in January 2011.

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