Wildlife Justice Commission

Wildlife crimes are causing irreversible harm to biodiversity and to the very fabric of human society. It is a €20bn per year illegal business – the 4th largest illegal trade in the world. Only drug trafficking, counterfeiting and human trafficking are thought to bring in higher revenues for transnational organised criminal networks. The effects of doing nothing are irreversible. Wildlife crime is much more than the extinction of many endangered species; it also has a disruptive effect on local communities and is even a threat to the security of regions and nations.

Almost all states have laws prohibiting wildlife crimes, as well as money laundering, tax evasion and corruption. The vast majority of states are signatories to international treaties on wildlife and related crimes. However, unfortunately, all this is not enough to tackle the problem.

credits: Filippo Romeo

Clearly, we need a new way of thinking: the Wildlife Justice Commission conducts intelligence led undercover investigations and infiltrates criminal networks to identify the top-level traffickers. It gathers evidence of their criminal activities and, with the support of high level stakeholders, the Wildlife Justice Commission holds governments accountable for enforcing the law against wildlife traffickers. They do this by conducting intelligence-led investigations, high level diplomacy and if need be, convening a Public Hearing.

Adessium Foundation has provided WJC with support for its investigations and supporting activities. This contribution enables WJC to conduct investigations in demand countries and map the trade and the people involved. Furthermore, Adessium Foundation has brought WJC in contact with other key foundations and stakeholders that could assist them, in terms of financial support or operational cooperation.

About this partner

WJC’s mission is to disrupt and help dismantle transnational, organised wildlife crime by exposing criminal networks and the corruption that enables them to flourish by empowering – or, if need be, pressuring – governments to enforce their laws.

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