Environmental Crime


Transnational organized environmental crime is a rapidly growing threat to the environment, revenues from natural resources, state security, and to sustainable development. According to UNEP and INTERPOL, it robs developing countries of an estimated 70-213 billion USD annually or nearly twice the level of global Official Development Assistance (ODA). It also threatens state security by increasing corruption, which leads to other activities, such as arms and drug smuggling and human trafficking.

See web site: http://envcrime.org

Transnational organized environmental crime involves illegal activities in five key areas: logging and deforestation, fisheries, mining and trade in minerals, dumping and trade in hazardous and toxic wastes and trade in and poaching of wildlife and plants.

Main Activities in 2016

GRID-Arendal’s Environmental Crime Programme aims to raise global awareness of the losses and risks associated with the rise in organized crime and illegal exploitation of natural resources. In doing so, it will

  • Support UN REDD in reducing deforestation worldwide through projects LEAF and ORGFORC with INTERPOL, UNODC, CITES, WCO, UNEP, FAO and UNDP;
  • Support West African nations in reducing illegal fisheries and curtail piracy;
  • Combat wildlife crime in East Africa by training frontline rangers, prosecutors and customs officers together with UNODC and INTERPOL; and
  • Reduce sturgeon poaching in the Caspian Sea.