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 ICCWC partners 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, the World Bank and the World Customs Organization. This powerful alliance was formally established on 23 November 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia during the International Tiger Forum when the signatures of all partners were included on the Letter of Understanding.

In this context, ICCWC works for, and with, the wildlife law enforcement community, since it is frontline officers who eventually bring criminals engaged in wildlife crime to justice. 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 that form ICCWC have extensive experience in providing technical assistance, comprehensive training and capacity-building packages for law enforcement officers. Through partners respective in-country or regional offices and bureaus, ICCWC has an extensive global network to provide targeted support to national law enforcement agencies. Several of the ICCWC organizations have communication channels that allow real-time dissemination of intelligence to help national enforcement bodies in their risk-assessment, targeting and profiling activities and to facilitate investigations in different countries. They have experience in coordinating multi-national operations targeting illegal trade and smuggling.
 
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