We must combat environmental crimes for future generations and the sustainability of our planet.
Organized networks behind environmental crime are well-funded and often violent.
Environmental criminals pose a grave threat to our everyday lives, our planet and to future generations. Borders do not restrict environmental crimes, which range from ivory trafficking and overfishing of protected species, to illegal logging and the dumping of hazardous waste.
The same routes used to smuggle wildlife across countries and continents are often used to traffic weapons, drugs and people. Indeed, environmental crime often occurs hand in hand with other offences such as passport fraud, corruption, money laundering and even murder.
Unlike the illegal trade in drugs and other illicit goods, natural resources are finite and cannot be replenished in a lab. As such, there is a sense of urgency to combat environmental crime.
Our Environmental Security Unit is leading the global effort to bring players together to fight crimes against our planet.
Fisheries crime threatens food security and undermines the sustainability of our oceans.
Living forests are vital to human health. We disrupt the networks behind illegal logging.
Criminals dispose of waste illegally, endangering the air we breathe, our water and soil.
The world’s flora and fauna are at great risk from criminals. We help ensure protected wildlife is free from criminal exploitation.
What you can do to help protect our environment from criminals.