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 10 countries, namely: Bangladesh, Botswana, Gabon, Madagascar, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania and Vietnam. Currently, UNODC personnel are collaborating with governments and partners in analyzing wildlife crime capacities using the Toolkit in Angola and Uganda. The Toolkit process is in the initial stages in a further 10 countries. Please find more information about the Toolkit here.


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 anti-corruption guidelines specifically related to the illegal wildlife trade to promote policies integrity and ethics, and mitigate the risks of corruption in the trade chain. A resource guide on addressing corruption in the fisheries sector is also under development and will be presented at the 4th International Fish Crime Symposium, which will be held in Copenhagen on 15-16 October 2018.