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Organised environmental crime needs sharper response: Report

Published on Jun 18, 2014 2:25 PM

THE fight against organised environmental crime is being lost as corruption and bureaucracy undermine efforts to combat it, a new report warns.

Environmental crime is defined in the report by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime (GITOC), a Geneva-based think tank, as covering illegal timber trade, illegal fishing, illegal wildlife trade, trade in ozone depleting substances and hazardous waste.

Environmental crime is both national and transnational in nature, with profits so enormous that organised international criminal groups are engaged in the business.

From parts of Africa to South-east Asia and south America, non-state armed groups are also thought to have benefitted from environmental crime.

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