Working on behalf of the Zoological Society of London, members of the Legal Atlas team will be engaged from April 2016 until early 2017 conducting a comprehensive field survey of wildlife trade in Mongolia. The project is a sequel to the most comprehensive IWT study conducted in Mongolia to date, Silent Steppe.
The project used the survey methods and data collected during the first Silent Steppe study to further investigate the trends in IWT in Mongolia. An assessment was conducted by the ZSL training team focusing on the Border Agency and Mongolian State Policy. Training was then provided, to include things such as IWT product recognition and the use of sniffer dogs. ZSL developed a more user friendly customs database that will help provide a clear picture of international border trade and help identify key hotspots to improve law enforcement.
Legal Atlas further conducted a desk-based review of Mongolia’s existing wildlife-related laws and draft a list of needed amendments. ZSL is working with relevant government agencies to discuss, revise and ultimately further develop Mongolia's wildlife trade laws.