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USAID ROUTES Partnership

July 2021
Dear ROUTES Partners, 

It has been a busy few months for the ROUTES Partnership and I am excited to share with you some of the things we have been working on. Since our last newsletter, ROUTES has released two new reports, Shared Skies highlighting how wildlife trafficking can converge with other criminal activities and Taking Off, which provides information on wildlife trafficking through the aviation industry operating in the Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) region, and illustrates some of the challenges of building a complete picture with a paucity of data.

ROUTES has been recognising some of our partners through a Spotlight video series, and launched a summer Step Up campaign, alongside United For Wildlife. We encourage all aviation companies wanting to address wildlife trafficking to take a look at the campaign, get involved and share your experiences - we are looking forward to hearing about the actions that you have taken!

Throughout its duration ROUTES has endeavoured to support its partners and the broader air industry with relevant and sustainable resources, accessible through the ROUTES, ACI and/or IATA websites. I am pleased to share that we are supporting increased accessibility with the launch of reports and training materials in a number of languages, and also have received support from partners providing translations and closed captions on handbooks and videos.

I hope you find this newsletter useful, and thank you for once again for all you are doing on behalf of the ROUTES Partnership despite the continued difficult circumstances.

Kind regards,

Michelle Owen, ROUTES Lead

Campaign Launch
In May, the ROUTES Partnership launched an exciting new campaign 'Step Up to Stop Wildlife Trafficking' in collaboration with United For Wildlife. The campaign is designed to bolster aviation companies' engagement with the issue as well as publicize the important work they're doing and inspire other companies to step up. The campaign guide suggests a variety of activities for companies regardless of  their current level of understanding and action. Take a look at the Step Up campaign resources and follow the campaign hashtag #ItDoesntFlyWithUs on social media.
In The Spotlight
Over the month of June, ROUTES launched a Partner Spotlight video series, tied in with the Step Up campaign. The videos offer an overview of wildlife trafficking in aviation and champions some of our partners who are actively working to address illegal wildlife trade. You can view the full series on YouTube or on the ROUTES website. Thank you to our partners for their contributions and sustained efforts to counter wildlife trafficking.
Latest Reports
Taking Off  / Despegando

Wildlife trafficking in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.
Using publicly available information, Taking Off provides the most comprehensive assessment of wildlife trafficking by air in the LAC region to date. The analysis reveals important trends that airlines, airports & more can look out for to help stop wildlife trafficking connected to the region. The report is available in both English and Spanish.
Read in English
Read in Spanish
Shared Skies

Convergence of wildlife trafficking with other illicit activities in the aviation industry.
C4ADS analyzed the overlap of methods and routes used in wildlife trafficking and other smuggling crimes to give recommendations on how aviation and enforcement agencies can strengthen mitigation of wildlife trafficking and the wider spectrum of transnational crime.
Read the report

Other Key Achievements

ACI Combatting Wildlife Trafficking Handbook

Produced with the support of ROUTES, this handbook offers valuable guidance for airports aiming to address wildlife trafficking and includes detailed case studies on the steps taken by five airports that are already building their response to counter wildlife trafficking.

Download it here.
IATA IWT Assessment Manual

This updated manual details the standards and practices assessed under the IATA Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Assessment Program. Using the manual, all airline signatories of the Buckingham Palace Declaration can now be assessed and gain certification in addressing wildlife trafficking, whether or not they are part of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program.
Big win for ICAO Wildlife Trafficking Working Paper
ACI and IATA submitted a joint working paper to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The proposed addition of a Recommended Practice for an integrated framework for the reporting of, and response to, suspected wildlife trafficking cases, was accepted by the ICAO Facilitation Panel with no objections and full support from 13 States this month.
Congratulations, Brasilia International Airport!
Inframerica, Brasilia International Airport has signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration. It is also a member of ACI's Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Taskforce, making clear commitments to addressing the issue.
Building momentum in Japan
Earlier this year, three major Japanese aviation companies (All Nippon Airways, Narita International Airport and Japan Airlines) held training events for staff to improve understanding of how to prevent wildlife trafficking and raise momentum within Japanese air transport. Read more here.

New Translations

Air Transport Training Handbook, Japanese Translation

The Air Transport Training Handbook is now available in Japanese, thanks to support from All Nippon Airways (ANA). Download it here.

Sustainable Development Goals Guide, Spanish Translation

Our guide to how aviation companies can contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals is now available in Spanish. Download it here.
Translations of role-specific

Our training modules for Check-in Staff, Cabin Crew, Cargo Acceptance, Cargo and Baggage Screeners, Ground Handlers and Passenger Screeners are now available in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Access them hereIf you would like to integrate these modules into your Learning Management System, please contact ROUTES.
Animal Smuggling in Air Transport and Preventing Zoonotic Disease, Spanish Translation

This report detailing the financial impact of zoonotic diseases on the aviation industry, methods for identifying high-zoonotic-risk trafficking, and recommendations to help prevent the spread of future outbreaks is now available in Spanish. Download it here.

Upcoming Events

Webinar on wildlife trafficking and the SDGs
On September 2: ACI are hosting a webinar entitled "Wildlife Trafficking Prevention: How can airports support the UN Sustainable Development Goals", featuring international guest experts. Further information from ACI to follow.

Media Pieces

ROUTES featured in Times Aerospace TV's newsround in April. Michelle Owen, ROUTES Lead; Ian Cruickshank, United For Wildlife Transport Taskforce; and Ben Spevack, C4ADS were all interviewed for a segment about wildlife trafficking in aviation and the Shared Skies report.
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, and donors to disrupt wildlife trafficking by reducing the use of legal transportation supply chains, and forms a key element of the concerted international response to addressing wildlife poaching and associated criminal activities worldwide.

At the heart of ROUTES is a core group of partners collaborating with the U.S. Government and the transport sector that includes Airports Council International (ACI), the Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), TRAFFIC and WWF. The Partnership is funded by USAID and coordinated by TRAFFIC.
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