Module 3: Wildlife Trafficking – Detection and Prevention

Chapter 3 – Laundering the Proceeds of Wildlife Trafficking
The illegal trade in wildlife is one of six broad categories of environmental crime. Environmental crime occurs at regional, national and international levels, and generates significant profits*:
  • environmental crime is the fourth largest crime in the world after drug trafficking, counterfeit crimes and human trafficking;
  • the value of environmental crime is now estimated to be USD91-258 billion (2016) per year;
  • the value of environmental crime is rising by 5-7% annually, which is two to three times faster than the growth rate for the global economy;
  • the illegal wildlife trade is estimated by some to be USD 7-23 billion per year.
  • The illegal trade in wildlife is one of six broad categories of environmental crime. Environmental crime occurs at regional, national and international levels, and generates significant profits*:
    • environmental crime is the fourth largest crime in the world after drug trafficking, counterfeit crimes and human trafficking;
    • the value of environmental crime is now estimated to be USD91-258 billion (2016) per year;
    • the value of environmental crime is rising by 5-7% annually, which is two to three times faster than the growth rate for the global economy;
    • the illegal wildlife trade is estimated by some to be USD 7-23 billion per year.
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