Its staff includes experts from a plethora of backgrounds: biologists, conservationists, academics, researchers, communicators or investigators, etc.
Since its establishment, it has helped in the evolution of the international wildlife trade treaties.
It focuses on leveraging resources, expertise and awareness of the latest globally urgent species trade issues such as tiger parts, elephant ivory and rhino horn.
Large scale commercial trade in commodities like timber and fisheries products are also addressed and linked to work on developing rapid results and policy improvements.
TRAFFIC and India
TRAFFIC operates as a Programme Division of WWF-India, based in New Delhi since 1991.
It has since worked closely with the National and the State Governments and various agencies to help study, monitor and influence action to curb illegal wildlife trade.
Bridging the gap in effective wildlife law enforcement in India through capacity building programmes:
Under this programme, TRAFFIC provides training and inputs to a diverse group of officials working on wildlife enforcement and other related issues.
Conducting research and providing analysis on wildlife trade and its trends:
TRAFFIC India’s on-going projects include study on Leopard and Tiger poaching and trade in India, peacock feather trade, owl trade, dynamics of hunting community, trade in medicinal plants, bird trade and more.
“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 campaign is the WANTED ALIVE series on the four Asian big cats- Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Clouded Leopard—all of them threatened by illegal trade in their body parts.
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).
SAWEN was formally established at an inter-governmental meeting hosted in Paro (a town in Bhutan) by the Royal Government of Bhutan, in January 2011.
The main aim of this initiative is to have the countries collaborate and cooperate to fight wildlife crime in the region.