Wildlife crime: Don't be part of it!

The illicit trade of wildlife in Asia is worth billions of dollars a year. It fuels organized crime, corruption and violence. This new UNODC video vividly illustrates wildlife crime's tragic toll of destruction. It asks viewers to make a difference by changing their consumption habits today. You can drive change. Share this video today. Available in: English,
Bahasa, 中文, ไทย, Tiếng Việt.


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Press Release




Wildlife and Forest Crime

Environmental crimes generate an estimated USD 23 billion annually in the region- over one quarter of the nearly USD 90 billion earned per year in East Asia and the Pacific by transnational organized crime. Criminal syndicates operating the illegal trade in timber, wildlife and hazardous substances are engaged in sophisticated forms of crime that are as serious as the international illicit trades in people, drugs, fake goods and fraudulent medicines.

The illegal harvesting and trafficking of timber alone is worth approximately USD 17 billion dollars per year, flourishing in the cracks of the legitimate timber trade, and is fuelled by corruption, fraud, lax regulation and poor enforcement.

UNODC works with legal systems and law enforcement agencies of Member States to:

  1. Strengthen policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks;
  2. Enhance knowledge and skills to investigate and prosecute related criminal activities;
  3. Increase awareness regarding the nature and scale of environmental crimes; and
  4. Enhance cooperation on a bilateral and regional level.


Criminal Justice Response to Wildlife and Forest Crime in Cambodia (2015) Criminal Justice Response to Wildlife and Forest Crime in Lao PDR (2014)
  Criminal Justice Responses to the Illegal Trade in Timber in Viet Nam (2013)


Global Programme on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime

The Global Programme (GP) acts as the overarching umbrella programme for UNODC activities on wildlife and forest crime (WLFC). It involves liaising closely with UNODC Country and Regional Offices to ensure appropriate support for the design and delivery of WLFC projects and activities.

Within each of the six thematic areas, focus is been placed on delivering a range of evidence based good practice, technical assistance measures to support national law enforcement, customs, border control and criminal justice agencies, as well as regional wildlife law enforcement agencies and networks, in their efforts to respond to WLFC.