International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime

Composed of five major international organizations, the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) forms a powerful alliance to fight wildlife crime effectively.

The ICCWC delivers determined and coordinated support to law enforcement, helping to deliver action on the ground with the ultimate aim of bringing criminals to justice.

Wildlife crime frequently involves money laundering, fraud, counterfeiting and violence. Dismantling the transnational criminal networks behind the illegal international trade in wild flora and fauna requires a coordinated global response.

Created in November 2010, the ICCWC brings together:

  • Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES);
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC);
  • World Bank;
  • World Customs Organization (WCO).

The ICCWC seeks to ensure that perpetrators of serious wildlife crimes face a formidable and coordinated response, departing from the present situation where the risk of detection and punishment is all too low.

It also seeks to deploy modern techniques and technologies in order to tackle wildlife crime, such as controlled deliveries and the use of wildlife forensics.

Support from the European Commission

Under the umbrella of the ICCWC, the European Commission is contributing nearly two million euros over three years to INTERPOL. This funding will support ‘Project Combat Wildlife Crime’ in its efforts to ensure long-term capacity building, improve international information and intelligence exchange, and coordinate enforcement efforts. At a broader level, it will also contribute to better governance and the fight against corruption.

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