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

The Toolkit

The Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit has been successfully implemented in Bangladesh and Peru. Currently, UNODC personnel are implementing the Toolkit and collaborating with the governments of Gabon, Nepal and Mexico in assessing wildlife and forest capacities. Additionally, Toolkit implementation has been requested by Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Tanzania and Vietnam. Please find more information about the Toolkit here.


Workshop on Recovering the Proceeds from Wildlife and Forest Crime, Tanzania, September 2014

From 8 to 12 September 2014, UNODC organised a workshop on 'Recovering the Proceeds from Wildlife and Forest Crimes’, jointly with the Government of Tanzania and in partnership with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, the Norwegian Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the British High Commission. The workshop brought together over 60 participants, including investigators, prosecutors, police, customs, wildlife authorities from both Mainland and Zanzibar. It was a practical case-study based workshop, which resulted in an improved knowledge of relevant national legislation and its applicability. The participants drafted legislative documentation, which can be used in future cases. Participants are also expected to organise follow-up activities and training to raise awareness of  the issue within their respective organisations.


Forensic Needs Assessment - Botswana, September 2014

UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime supports the use of forensics to combat wildlife crime and is working with partners to strengthen national capacities. The Republic of Botswana is home to one of the largest elephant populations in the Africa. UNODC is working the government to improve its preventive and law enforcement response to wildlife crime. From 1st to 5th September, UNODC conducted a joint field visit to Botswana with experts from TRACE Wildlife Forensics Network and the Netherlands Forensic Institute and carried out a coordinated assessment of wildlife DNA forensics. Concrete recommendations are now being drafted and will be shared with the government in a comprehensive report.


Strengthening law enforcement cooperation in Central Africa, June 2014

UNODC participated in a regional training dedicated to wildlife and forest crime, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on 24-26 June 2014 and organized by COMIFAC in collaboration with TRAFFIC and WWF. This workshop gathered representatives of Ministries, law enforcement officers and magistrates from 6 COMIFAC countries (Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo). A practical training on investigative techniques specific to wildlife and forest crime was delivered to law enforcement officers including on informants, undercover agents, controlled deliveries and electronic surveillance.


Regional Anti-Money Laundering Workshop, June 2014

In order to address national capacity building in anti-money laundering techniques, a regional workshop was held in Botswana on the proceeds of wildlife crime with 20 participating countries from 3 to 5 June. This workshop brought 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.


National Environmental Security Seminar, Togo, May 2014

UNODC supported the organisation of a National Environmental Security Seminar in Togo, held in Lomé, on 20 May. The seminar raised awareness of the threat posed by environmental crime, adopted an inter-agency strategy in line with environmental regulations and developed information sharing practices as well as multilateral cooperation. Based on these findings, UNODC will deliver tailor-made technical assistance activities in order to strengthen capacities to address wildlife and forest crime through different programmes and tools presented during the seminar, such as the Toolkit, the UNODC/WCO Container Control Programme (CCP), the UNODC/Interpol/WCO Airport Communication Programme (AIRCOP) and the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI).


CCPCJ 23rd Session, May 2014

The twenty-third session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice was held from 12 to 16 May at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. This year the thematic discussion focused on international cooperation in criminal matters in order to improve the integration and coordination of efforts of UNODC and Member States in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. A Special Event promoted public awareness and strengthening of political and financial commitments by governments to combat wildlife and forest crime. Activities conducted and planned by ICCWC were presented at a side-event.
Member States adopted a resolution on ‘Strengthening a targeted crime prevention and criminal justice response to combat illicit trafficking in timber and forest products’. The resolution, sponsored by Norway, Peru and USA, has now been recommended for adoption by the Economic and Social Council. The resolution invites UNODC to promote enforcement,  identify good practices in the area of criminal law, and undertake research on organized criminal networks related to illicit trafficking in forest products, including timber.


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.

See World Wildlife Day for further information.

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.




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.