At EIA, we monitor, collect and analyse data on the illegal trade in wildlife, timber and dangerous global warming refrigerant gases. Our staff collate seizures, arrests and prosecution records to help build a picture of the current scale of environmental crime and abuse.
We track the global trends through dashboards and maps that illustrate the smuggling and trafficking hotspots as well as the transportation routes and we chart the links between the criminal networks and key individuals involved.
Because nothing like it exists in the public domain, we have now launched our interactive Global Environmental Crime Tracker, with up-to-date data collected from publicly available information, including government reports, enforcement agency press releases and non-governmental and academic papers.
We have also incorporated news media coverage in several languages and details provided by partner NGOs. The Tracker covers criminal activities in Asia, Africa and Europe and it’s not an exhaustive dataset, so it likely represents only a fraction of actual enforcement and illegal trade activity globally(ref.1). Still, it will constantly be added to and regularly refreshed.
At present, we have concentrated our efforts on elephants, pangolins, rhinos, tigers, leopards in their Asian range, snow leopards, clouded leopards, the totoaba fish and timber.
However, we intend to add information on the illegal trade in hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) climate-harming gases shortly and would welcome any information to help make our Tracker a valuable tool in the fight against all global environmental crime..
Before using the tool, please read our user guide.
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