United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wildlife and Forest Crime
"Wildlife and forest" refers to all fauna and flora, including animals, birds and fish, as well as timber and non-timber forest products. "Wildlife and forest crime" refers to the taking, trading, importing, exporting, processing, possessing, obtaining and consumption of wild fauna and flora, including timber and other forest products, in contravention of national or international law. Broadly speaking, wildlife and forest crime is the illegal exploitation of the world's wild flora and fauna.
United Nations Documents related to wildlife and forest crime:
International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC)
In November 2009, various international organizations and agencies decided to come together to work jointly on the formation of an international consortium. Representatives from UNODC, CITES, INTERPOL, WCO and the World Bank held their first-ever joint meeting in Vienna to design a strategy intended to prevent and combat illegal trade in wild animals and plants. They decided to form the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) to jointly move forward in a coordinated manner.
Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime
The Global Programme (GP) acts as the overarching, umbrella programme for UNODC activities on wildlife and forest crime. It is a four-year programme aiming to link existing regional efforts in a global system, enhancing capacity-building and wildlife law enforcement networks at regional and sub-regional levels. The GP is working for and with the wildlife law enforcement community to ensure that wildlife crime, illegal logging, and related crimes are treated as serious transnational organized crimes.
World Wildlife Day (3 March)
World Wildlife Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.
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