Rampant trade and illegal activities are worsened by the lack of law enforcement and up to date data on just what is happening in the region and in Asia as a whole. TRAFFIC’s work, in collaboration with WRS, will lead to the production of various comprehensive studies that will either produce new, or updated, baseline data for species that are critically endangered and in need of urgent conservation action. In particular, TRAFFIC’s work synchronises with the Asian Species Action Partnership’s (ASAP)
efforts to draw attention to species that receive little attention from the conservation community at large. The findings will give government enforcement authorities greater impetus to eliminate illegal trade in their respective countries, as well as better inform CITES processes.