The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime

 

ICCWC’s mission is to strengthen criminal justice systems and provide coordinated support at national, regional and international level to combat wildlife and forest crime

 

What is ICCWC?

The International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) is the collaborative effort of five inter-governmental organizations working to bring coordinated support to the national wildlife law enforcement agencies and to the sub-regional and regional networks that, on a daily basis, act in defense of natural resources. The partner agencies to ICCWC are the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat, INTERPOL, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Bank and the World Customs Organization (WCO). 

It is frontline officers from national agencies responsible for wildlife law enforcement and prosecuting authorities who bring criminals engaged in wildlife crime to justice, and ICCWC therefore works directly for and with these authorities to support them, building long-term capacity and providing them with the tools, services and technical support they need to increasingly effectively combat wildlife crime. ICCWC seeks to support the development of law enforcement that builds on socially and environmentally sustainable natural resource policies, taking into consideration the need to provide livelihood support to poor and marginalized rural communities.

The Partners

The five organizations comprising ICCWC have extensive experience in providing operational support, technical assistance, comprehensive training and capacity-building packages to law enforcement and prosecuting authorities. Through their partners respective in-country or regional offices and bureaus, ICCWC partner agencies have an extensive global network to provide targeted support to national law enforcement agencies. In addition, ICCWC partner agencies offer state of the art, globally mandated databases and communication channels that allow real-time dissemination of law enforcement information and intelligence to asisst national enforcement agencies in their risk-assessment, targeting and profiling activities and to facilitate and support investigations in different countries.  ICCWC partner agencies also offer substantial experience in coordinating multi-national operations targeting illegal trade and smuggling at regional and global levels.
 
Letter of Understanding 
The Consortium was formally established in November 2010, after the heads of each of the ICCWC partner agencies signed the ICCWC Letter of Understanding.
 
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