It poses serious challenges to any government, organization, agency or other entity in pursuit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Of the nearly two billion people whose sustainable development prospects are undermined by risks posed by transnational environmental crime, an estimated 535 are children, according to the The United Nations Children’s Fund.
The United Nations Environment Program estimated global value of transnational environmental crime is between US$91 and $259 billion per year.
It accounts for 64% of illicit and organized crime finance and $34 billion of the criminalized economy in fragile states in or near conflict areas.
The science of conservation crime builds new understanding about risks to and from problematic human-environment relationships. It also offers innovative and interdisciplinary solutions to these problems. Scroll down to learn more about where my partners and I conduct conservation crime science, what ideas we use to inform our work, who we partner with, and why we remain cautious and impatient optimists!