Green Crime - comprising of wildlife and environmental crime – is estimated to be worth up to US$258 billion a year. It is one of the most lucrative illicit activities.
These criminal activities have an impact on local communities, many of which are among the most vulnerable and poorest in the world. They threaten our wildlife, affect business supply chains, and poses a danger to security and stability across the globe
The COVID-19 pandemic is a watershed moment, shining the spotlight on the global wildlife trade as a breeding ground for disease, and opportunities for viruses to leap to humans. Interpol and Europol report that criminals are exploiting the pandemic through supply chain, fraud, cybercrime and investment scams. Some commentators recognise that COVID-19 may permanently alter global value chains and the international production networks unless the public and private sectors find ways to enable effective crisis management for the future.
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