Wildlife and Forest Crime


Preventing and tackling wildlife and forest crime is essential for sustaining all life on Earth... On land and under water, nature is under threat because of poaching and over-exploitation. Organized crime and corruption are among the many drivers of biodiversity loss. Addressing them requires targeted action and international cooperation.

UNODC Executive Director, Ghada Waly, on World Wildlife Day 2020


"Wildlife and forest" refers to all fauna and flora, including animals, birds and fish, as well as timber and non-timber forest products. "Wildlife and forest crime" refers to the taking, trading (supplying, selling or trafficking), importing, exporting, processing, possessing ... more

Global Programme

A global response for wildlife and forest crime is necessary as illicit trafficking in wild fauna and flora is transnational, supplying consumption that often takes place thousands of kilometers from the source and, transits several countries ... more


International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime, ICCWC is the collaborative effort by five inter-governmental organizations working to bring coordinated support to the national wildlife law enforcement agencies and to the sub-regional and regional networks ... more


This section is designed to offer periodical updates on our work as well as wildlife and forest crime relevant issues. The primary focus is highlighted UNODC efforts for combating wildlife and forest crime through news, events and publications ... more