Transnational organized wildlife crime poses a major challenge to the conservation and protection of wildlife. Illegal trade in wildlife products comprises a significant percentage of the estimated $30 billion annual proceeds from international environmental crime.
At the international level, institutions like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), help ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. Regional platforms, such as the Lusaka Agreement Task Force in Africa and Association of Southeast Asian Nations Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN), help build capacity for responding to illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products. INECE supports capacity building at the national and regional levels to improve the implementation of environmental laws, with a specific focus on enforcement.
Key Activities & Publications
Elephants over Ivory: Challenges and Responses to the Poaching of Elephants in East and Central Africa
This article was submitted to INECE by Chelsea Saber, a student at George[...]
The Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit is a product of the[...]
This article focuses on operations to protect wildlife and to apprehend and prosecute smugglers led by The Last Great Ape Organization in Cameroon, with replicating activities in Gabon, Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic.