USAID Wildlife Asia to integrate Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) technology and innovation

Following-up from the CWT Innovations Conference, USAID Wildlife Asia is continuing to explore possibilities to apply and support technologies and innovations.

These include using a hand-held X-ray fluorescence machine for rapid field identification of Asian and African ivory being developed my Chiang Mai University; using Global Database of Events, Language and Tone (GDELT) to monitor wildlife crime, developing a Wildlife Investigator smart phone App restricted to investigators and prosecutors, and a Smart Phone app to download social media conversations on wildlife trafficking as an aid to producing case reports. Regional Initiatives include scoping an appropriate form of report hosting which allows authorized users to provide their program update, and a database with a web app for entering/viewing data of existing/developing technologies and innovations to be used in wildlife crime.