This section brings periodical updates on recent activities undertaken as part of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime.
     
   

Webinar on 'Faith for Earth: Climate Change and Environmental Justice'

Vienna, 4 June 2020: On the eve of World Environment Day, Jorge Rios, Chief of the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, participated in a webinar organized by the International Dialogue Center (KAICIID) and the Coalition for Faith-Based Organizations. Speakers discussed the role of faith-based organizations in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and addressing challenges posed by climate change. Read more about the webinar here or watch the recording here

 

     
   

Scaling Back Corruption: A Guide on Addressing Corruption for Wildlife Management Authorities

UNODC has developed a Guide on addressing corruption for wildlife management authorities, called Scaling Back Corruption. This new Guide aims to help wildlife management authorities identify risks in their current policies, procedures and systems, and develop mitigation measures to deter and prevent corruption, as well as wildlife crimes associated with it. Where corruption has already gained a foothold, the guide suggests ways to reduce its impact and develop safeguards to prevent its return. The Guide can be accessed here.

     
   

ICCWC Toolkit and Indicator Framework

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) has received requests to implement the  Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit from twenty-seven countries. Toolkit analyses have been completed in Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, the Republic of Congo, Gabon, Madagascar, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, the United Republic of Tanzania and Viet Nam and is at different stages of initiation and implementation in other countries. The Indicator Framework for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime complements the Toolkit and has been completed in Bolivia, Namibia and Uganda and the process launched in Angola. Please find more information about the Toolkit here.

     
 

Rotten Fish: A Guide on Addressing Corruption in the Fisheries Sector

UNODC has developed a guide on addressing corruption in the fisheries sector, entitled Rotten Fish. This new guide is designed to help policymakers with the difficult task of identifying the specific points in their legal and regulatory frameworks vulnerable to corruption risks, and to act to address these weaknesses. Moreover, it aims to sensitize the authorities working on fisheries management. Where corruption has already gained a foothold, the guide suggests ways to reduce its impact and develop safeguards to prevent its return. The Guide can be accessed here.

     
   

Rapid Reference Guides

Extensive work is underway to build investigative and prosecutorial capacity to combat wildlife crime. UNODC, Space for Giants and other partners are working closely with national authorities in Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda to develop a series of Rapid Reference Guides for Investigators and Prosecutors of Wildlife Crime. These simple, synthesized handbooks compile relevant legislation, standard operating procedures, points to prove and further useful guidance for investigators and prosecutors. Extensive training on the use of the guides is delivered following a train the trainer approach. The guides have had significant success in strengthening investigations and prosecutions to date.

     
 

Guide on Drafting Legislation to Combat Wildlife Crime

UNODC has developed a Guide on Drafting Legislation to Combat Wildlife Crime. The Guide is a tool for Member States to amend or adopt legislation that can support them in appropriately addressing wildlife crime. The Guide includes model provisions and guidance, which States can adapt to fit local conditions, constitutional principles, legal culture and structures, and existing enforcement arrangements. This practical tool will enable countries to draw from existing international agreements and instruments whilst taking into account national circumstances and policies as well as the composition and structure of national sectors. The Guide was launched at UNTOC COP9 in Vienna on 17 October 2018. The Guide can be accessed here.

     
   

Regional Conference on Fisheries Crime

UNODC and the government of Ecuador organized the first Regional Conference on Fisheries Crime of the Americas on 12 and 13 September in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Participants from 12 countries discussed a common understanding of the concept, scope and implications of fisheries crime, since its ill-defined nature can get in the way of effective action. Participants also exchanged good practices and successful experiences in the detection, investigation, prosecution and sentencing of fisheries crime, and identified areas where UNODC could provide technical assistance. The meeting was organized in the framework of UNODC's FishNET program and was sponsored by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). Please find more information about the event here.

   
   

Symposium on Strengthening Legal Frameworks

UNODC co-organised the Francophone Symposium on Strengthening Legal Frameworks to Combat Wildlife Crime, which was held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on 11-12 September 2018. Led by UNDP, the Symposium was organised under the auspices of the UN Task Force for Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade. Other members of the Task Force are: CITES, DESA, DPA, DPI, DPKO, UNDP, UNEP. Over 50 delegates representing 19 countries from West and Central Africa participated in the Symposium. UNODC introduced the Guide on Drafting Legislation to Combat Wildlife Crime, which will be officially launched during the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC COP9). Please read more on the symposium here

     
   

Corruption Prevention

UNODC has been working with national wildlife departments to identify corruption risks and develop corruption risk mitigation strategies. For example, a mentor has been deployed to work with the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks to support the implementation of their risk mitigation strategy. UNODC is also developing an Integrity Guide for Wildlife Management Authorities, due to be launched in mid-2019.