Inspiration

With the increased trafficking of endangered wildlife plants on e-commerce platforms, it has been difficult for wildlife conservation authorities to track it which continues to threaten the existence of those plants. Therefore, a need for a monitoring system.

What it does

  • Monitors and flags the sale of any endangered species on the e-commerce platforms thus creating awareness to the wildlife authority.
  • Centralizes three databases to come up with an efficient search algorithm that will ease the monitoring.

How we built it

  • Pulled data from various databases into one central database.
  • Built an API with sufficient search algorithms for monitoring e-commerce platforms.
  • Built a User Interface where the search results will be displayed to the end-users.

Challenges we ran into

  • Difficulty in accessing data from e-commerce platforms, common names, and scientific names.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Being able to retrieve some CITES data.
  • Getting more knowledge about wildlife has given us a better understanding and enabled us to come up with satisfactory documentation.

What we learned

  • We learned that there are authorized wildlife traders and a policy that protects them.
  • We learned that plants can be endangered too.
  • We learned about the NFA.
  • We learned about the levels of protection of different plants.
  • We learned that plants are also trafficked.

What's next for CET(CITES-plants E-commerce Tracker)

  • Ability to add picture recognition or text analysis tool to be able to distinguish real plants from other related stuff that do NOT contain any actual plant materials e.g paintings.
  • Having a list of legal wildlife traders so that we match the seller's name against the legal names in our system.
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