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Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA)

Advancing responsible and transparent supply chains of reptile skins from Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA) Overview


Overview


SARCA is an industry-led initiative and technical platform works to advance responsible and transparent Southeast Asian reptile skin supply chains while driving improvements to the trade’s operating environment. SARCA’s membership includes luxury brands, manufacturers (tanneries, processing facilities), industry intermediaries, trade associations, non-profits, and academic and government institutions participating in the trade of reptile skins coming from Southeast Asia.



Our Vision


A reptile skin trade that maintains wild reptile populations, supports local and national economies and promotes animal welfare principles.



Our Mission


SARCA’s mission is to advance responsible and transparent supply chains of reptile skins from Southeast Asia and drive improvements in the trade’s operating environment.



How We Work


SARCA works towards its vision through the following key workstreams:

  • Research and Monitoring: this includes stakeholder identification and engagement; development of materials, training, and processes related to population monitoring; and data collection.
  • Sustainable and Transparent Supply Chains: this includes the development of a risk assessment framework and key sourcing principles, codified in a standard.


Why Join?


  • Understand the relevant risks and sustainability challenges and opportunities related to the reptile skin trade
  • Contribute to population monitoring and conservation of reptile species
  • Gain guidance on sustainable and responsible trade, geared to business, policy makers and other industry-relevant stakeholders
  • Support the development of collaborative actions to promote sustainable, fair and humane practice, and local economic development


Partner


SARCA’s scientific partner is Dr. Daniel Natusch, Director at EPIC Biodiversity.


Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA) Sustainable Development Goals Alignment

SDG icon, Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG icon, Goal 15: Life on Land

Meet the Team for Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA)

Edwina McKechnie

Edwina McKechnie

Associate Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Elisa Niemtzow

Elisa Niemtzow

Vice President, Consumer Sectors and Global Membership

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Talk to Us 
Contact the Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA) team with any questions.

Our Insights on Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA)

Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance Progress Report 2022

Reports

Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance Progress Report 2022

SARCA’s first Update of Progress reflects on the developments of the Southeast Asian reptile trade and highlights key achievements and areas of continued focus, with information for interested companies and stakeholders on how to engage.

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