TRAFFIC

RELEVANCE – UPSC GS PRELIMS

QUESTION ASKED IN UPSC EXAM ON- TRAFFIC

UPSC 2017

QUES – Consider the following statements in respect of Trade Related Analysis of Fauna and Flora in Commerce (TRAFFIC):
1. TRAFFIC is a bureau under United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
2. The mission of TRAFFIC is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer – (b)

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TRAFFIC , the wildlife trade monitoring network, is a strategic alliance of IUCN and WWF. Its mission is to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. It is the leading non-governmental organization working globally on the trade of wild animals and plants in the context of both biodiversity and sustainable development.

Founded – 1976

Headquarters – Cambridge, UK

FUNCTIONS

TRAFFIC specialises in investigating and analysing wildlife trade trends, impacts and drivers; informing and supporting action by governments to enforce effective policies and laws; providing advice to the private sector on effective approaches to sustainable sourcing of wildlife; and through developing insights into consumer attitudes to guide the design of communication interventions to dissuade purchasing of illicit wildlife goods.

TRAFFIC plays a vital role in tackling illegal wildlife trade through conducting research and analysis, advocacy and awareness work and by supporting remedial action against illegal wildlife trade.