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Illegal Wildlife Trade use cases

Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching

"Wildlife crime is big business. Dangerous international networks traffic wildlife and animal parts much like illegal drugs and arms. While it’s almost impossible to obtain reliable figures for the value of the illegal wildlife trade (excluding timber and fisheries) it is estimated at US$7.8-10 billion per year (GFI, 2011).

Some examples of illegal wildlife trade are well known, such as the poaching of elephants for ivory or tigers for their skins and bones. However, many other plant and animal species are similarly overexploited, from marine turtles to timber trees.

Wildlife crime is one of the largest direct threats to many of the world’s most threatened species, second only to habitat destruction.”

Source: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Illegal Wildlife Trade and Poaching Accessed: 21 June 2020 | READ MORE..

Gathering, storing, preserving, and transmitting evidence from countries involved in the illegal wildlife trade is risky, particularly if an individual or group is not afforded the protections offered by a government or non-government organisation.

The movement of evidence across borders may be particularly fraught with danger, especially if the evidence is stored on physical devices such as a computer, mobile phone or external storage mediums like USBs or external hard drives. The risk of confiscation is high, leading to the potential loss or contamination of critical evidence. Similarly, transmitting evidence via data networks or the Internet using traditional mechanisms can be slow and insecure, again risking the preservation and integrity of the evidence obtained.

The Nansen platform overcomes these risks by taking care of the storage, encryption, chain of custody, version control and transmission of evidence in a highly secure environment, allowing individuals, investigators, wildlife and conservationists move evidence to where it needs to go. The sender or owner of the evidence can determine what, who and how much is shared, maintaining complete control over access. By maintaining and controlling access from anywhere and anytime, allows the user to set permissions enabling others to start reviewing, analysing, and dealing with the evidence ahead of time with all actions logged and available for auditing.

Professionals such as investigators, conservationist or individuals can access the Nansen platform through a mobile phone or computer via our mobile app or web interface. For organisations, we can customise a mobile app or web interface to suit your organisations style of operations.