The Rise of Environmental Crime

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Earlier this week the United Nations Environment Programme and INTERPOL published a comprehensive report on environmental crime The Rise of Environmental Crime: A Growing Threat to Natural Resources, Peace, Development and Security.

With an ever increasing threat of mass extinction of iconic species including elephants, rhinos, and tigers, through illegal wildlife trade, the illegal destruction of forests, fisheries, minerals, and the illegal trade of hazardous wastes and chemicals is creating “a deleterious impact on the environment and ecosystems.” Environmental crimes are not however limited to the devastating destruction of the earth’s natural resources but is also linked to financial crimes such as money laundering and tax fraud that is impacting our collective ability to enjoy peace, security, and prosperity.

The report explains in detail all the complexities involved with environmental crimes and offers a pragmatic approach to addressing and ceasing these illegal activities.

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