Southeast Asian Reptile Conservation Alliance (SARCA) 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.
A reptile skin trade that maintains wild reptile populations, supports local and national economies and promotes animal welfare principles.
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.
- 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
SARCA’s scientific partner is Dr. Daniel Natusch, Director at EPIC Biodiversity.