The capture of wild animals is done, mostly, for selling them as pets, threatening the conservation of these species and of local, regional, and sometimes national biodiversity. One of the major problems in combating illegal wildlife trade in Brazil is the falsification of documents. In order to transport any wild animal two documents are required: the transport authorization and the animal transport form (“GTA” in Portuguese), both issued by the relevant enforcement agencies. Unfortunately, these documents are often falsified, which contributes to the high numbers of trafficked animals found in Brazil. The effective interception of this crime could save the lives of thousands of wild animals from many species.

What it does

The FA offers a rapid and efficient solution to prevent document falsification. With the fauna authentication procedure, each individual document issued by the official authorities will have its own QRCode for tracking, which will be verified through an app by each enforcement official responsible for the inspection of the documentation. The FA procedure is safe and reliable, due to its blockchain system and for data security. For the implementation of the FA procedure, all that is required is to insert individual QRCodes extracted out of our system into each document and download our app to enable checking during transport. Also, we engage the community with this mission with an online platform where people can report animal traffic. All the reports are featured by region on the main page of the FA, so authorities can quickly step in the action of criminals.

How I built it

The main platform (Fiscalisation App) was developed mainly using Vue.Js and Quasar Framework. It's based on real-time QR-code recognition to validate the documents (we're working on our blockchain security). Also in the platform, we created a cloud-based dashboard with Firebase to show all the reports by region. We also designed an online portal where our community can report anonymously animal traffic. It was developed using HTML and CSS for the front-end and React + Firebase for the back-end.

Challenges I ran into

Running against time and working hard to find reliable scientific articles to help us develop the best solution.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

Being able to deliver a great and working system that helps the animals in every way we can. Also the knowledge exchange and the consolidation of a team with individuals thousands of miles away from each other.

What I learned

As a team we were able to learn about different areas that combined can result in a good change in our lives about how we see the living beings around us now. We are sure that with this experience we expanded our horizons on what we can do with our knowledge to help those in need.

What's next for Rapinas da Mata

We are going to create a pilot plan in Brazil, working together with Non-Governmental Organizations that help wild animals all around the country. Firstly we're going to focus on the organizations in Amazonia. We also want to share more about the knowledge we're getting, so we're going to get our project on social media to spread information and awareness for the population about the problems that people usually don't see.

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