This section brings periodical updates on wildlife and forest crime relevant issues concerning UNODC. The primary focus is on highlighting the activities of the Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, the implementation of the Wildlife Analytic Toolkit, events, meetings and workshops as well as joint activities executed within the framework of ICCWC through press releases, articles, features and periodicals.
     
 

The Toolkit

The Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytical Toolkit has been successfully implemented in Bangladesh and Peru. Currently, UNODC personnel is implementing the Toolkit and collaborates with the Gabon and Nepal governments in assessing wildlife and forest capacities. Additionally, the Analytical Toolkit implementation had been requested by Mexico, Vietnam and Angola. You would find more information about the Toolkit here .

   
 

CCPCJ 23rd Session, May 2014

The twenty-third session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice will be held from 12 to 16 of May at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. This year the thematic discussion would be focus on international cooperation in criminal matters in order to improve the integration and coordination of efforts by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Member States in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. Two important events in the area of combating wildlife and forest crime have been organized. The first event aims to promote public awareness and strengthening political and financial commitments by Governments. The second event is organized by UNODC, in cooperation with its ICCWC-partners. The event will highlight the threat posed by wildlife and forest crime and reiterate the necessity to address it as serious crime under the TOC framework. The side-event will introduce recent initiatives on international level to counter the problem of WLFC and will present activities conducted and planned by ICCWC.

   
   

Regional Anti-Money Laundering Workshop, June 2014

In order to address national capacity building in anti-money laundering techniques, a regional workshop will be held in Botswana on proceeds of wildlife crime with 20 participating countries on June 3 - 5th. This workshop aims to bring together all relevant agencies in order to raise awareness of the importance of using financial investigation and anti-money laundering techniques to tackle transnational organized crime involved in the trafficking of protected wild fauna and flora as well as to design specialized training programmes.

   
   

Experts meeting: how to better fight wildlife trafficking in the EU and globally, April 2014

In April 2014, UNODC was part of the group of experts that met to discuss "How to better fight wildlife trafficking in the EU and globally". Specifically, Jorge E. Rios, Chief of Sustainable Livelihoods Unit and Coordinator of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime provided a presentation about prosecution of illicit financial flows against organized wildlife crime providing information about the current situation, the challenges that exists and some approaches to tackle this issue.

   
 

World Wildlife Day, March 3rd 2014

On March 3 rd UNODC joint the international community and celebrated the first World Wildlife Day. Join UNODC to say NO to wildlife crime and spread the message as we work to end this illegal and unethical trade.

For information about World Wildlife Day and UNODC efforts please go to World Wildlife Day page.
   
 

London Conference: The Illegal Wildlife Trade, February 2014

The UK government hosted an international conference on illegal wildlife trade on February 2014. UNODC in its commitment to fight and combat wildlife trafficking was presented to discuss and more important to find viable solutions to strengthen law enforcement and the criminal justice system, reduce demand for illegal wildlife products and support the development of sustainable livelihoods for communities affected by illegal wildlife trade.

   
   

ICCWC News

   

Since the foundation of ICCWC, the following joint activities have been executed within the framework of the Consortium:

- Within the framework of the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held from 3 to 14 March 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand, the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime host two major events. The first event, a roundtable on combating transnational organized wildlife and forest crime for Ministers and high-level representatives, was held on 4 March 2013 with the purpose for States and regions to share experiences on their efforts to combat transnational wildlife crime; identify what further actions are required; and commit to combating wildlife and forest crime at the highest political levels. The second event was the first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks on 5 March 2013 with the aim to support a more coordinated enforcement response. The purpose of the meeting was for existing and proposed networks to discuss the need for a global system to improve coordination and effectiveness and to consider the role that ICCWC, together with other partners, could play in such a system.

- A senior-level seminar for Police and Customs officers of the Tiger Range States (TRSs) was convened from 13 to14 February 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand. Being one of ICCWC's initial collaborative efforts in delivering technical assistance in support of law enforcement as related to wildlife trafficking, the seminar was attended by representatives from the 13 Tiger range states (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) as well as representatives from all ICCWC partners.

- The Workshop on "Establishing a Network of Controlled Delivery Units for Forest and Wildlife Law Enforcement" in Shanghai, China, from 7 to 9 December 2011 brought together 50 participants from 18 African and Asian countries (officials from the police, Customs or judiciary). The workshop covered forest and wildlife crime and law enforcement in China, global wildlife and timber smuggling routes, wildlife and timber methods of detection, controlled delivery techniques (including financial aspects), prosecution, as well as group activities aimed at building a network of practitioners. A follow-up report will monitor participants' future collaboration and possible conduct of controlled delivery operations.

- The "Ivory and Rhinoceros Enforcement Task Force Meeting", held in Nairobi in May 2011 and attended by high-level law enforcement officers representing wildlife authorities, Customs, investigations, national parks, police and enforcement agencies from 12 countries, served to exchange law enforcement intelligence and to develop strategies for combating illegal trade in the two pachyderms.