Trace Network Activities

TRACE – Tools and Resources for Applied Conservation and Enforcement

The TRACE network aims to achieve its objectives through a series of activities in three principal areas:

1. Provision of Information

One of the primary objectives of TRACE is to act as a single source of information for wildlife forensic practitioners and enforcers, providing an opportunity to access information and ask questions. Through its international network of contacts in both the field and laboratory, if you have a question concerning techniques, applications or investigations, TRACE can provide advice.

2. Training and Capacity Building

Although wildlife trafficking and persecution are recognized as global issues, regional hotspots exist. In such areas, specialist techniques may be required to assist local enforcement agencies in wildlife crime investigation. Where regional capacity in wildlife forensics is not already in place, TRACE aims to develop the skills and infrastructure required to meet enforcement needs on a national or regional level. We are currently working with a number of organizations in Africa and Asia to help implement forensic testing services.

TRACE offers training courses in wildlife DNA forensics to government departments and national institutions looking to implement modern forensic tools for enforcement. Courses may be run in country, or in the UK. Please contact us for details of future courses.

3. Directed Research and Development

Novel techniques and approaches to investigate wildlife crime are continually required to tackle problems as they emerge. TRACE actively supports the development and validation of new forensic enforcement tools and is involved in multiple projects at any one time. Please see the Project Links page for more details.