Tools

ICCWC partner agencies provide a range of training courses, tools, services and capacity building activities designed to strengthen criminal justice systems and build long-term capacity among authorities to effectively address wildlife crime.  


ICCWC Menu of Services 

   The ICCWC Menu of Services provides an indicative list of the training courses, tools and services available through ICCWC partner agencies. These can be delivered globally in accordance with the ICCWC Strategic Programme. Drawing upon their complementary mandates, unique pool of knowledge and expertise, and extensive national and regional networks, the five ICCWC partner agencies are uniquely placed to deliver a range of comprehensive interventions to strengthen criminal justice systems and build long-term capacity among authorities to address wildlife crime, providing them with the tools, services and technical support they need. Generous contributions from donors enable the Consortium to provide extensive support to national agencies, sub-regional and regional networks responsible for wildlife law enforcement.

 

 

 

 


The Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit

The ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit provides government officials, Customs, police and other relevant enforcement agencies with a framework to conduct a comprehensive analysis of their response to wildlife and forest crime and identify their technical assistance needs. The countries capabilities are assessed in relation to relevant legislation, law enforcement measures, prosecutorial and judicial capacities, factors that drive offences, the effectiveness of preventive measures, and the availability and use made of data. The Toolkit is designed to serve as a framework around which a prevention and response strategy can be developed. The Toolkit is available in Chinese, English, French and Spanish. For further details, please see the ICCWC Toolkit Fact Sheet and the Toolkit implementation step by step guide.

 

 


ICCWC indicator framework for wildlife and forest crime

The ICCWC Indicator Framework is a tool to enable countries to measure and monitor the effectiveness of their law enforcement responses to wildlife and forest crime. It has been developed to work alongside the ICCWC Toolkit to provide an additional assessment tool for use at a national level. While the ICCWC Toolkit provides the means for a comprehensive analysis, the ICCWC Indicator Framework allows for a more rapid assessment of a national law enforcement response to wildlife and forest crime. It also provides a standardized framework to monitor any changes in national law enforcement capacity and effectiveness over time. The ICCWC Indicator Framework is a comprehensive set of 50 indicators arranged against eight desired outcomes of effective law enforcement to combat wildlife crime. Designed as a self-assessment tool it is best completed through a collaborative process involving all relevant national law enforcement agencies. The Indicator Framework is available in EnglishFrench and Spanish. The Assessment Template is also available in Portuguese. For further details, please see the step by step guide.

 

 


Guidelines on methods and procedures for ivory sampling and laboratory analysis

In support of the deployment of forensic technology to combat elephant poaching, ICCWC has also developed ‘Guidelines on methods and procedures for ivory sampling and laboratory analysis’, together with experts from around the world. The Guidelines are aimed at first responders, investigators, law enforcement officials, forensic scientists, prosecutors and the judiciary. Their purpose is to facilitate the use of forensic science to the fullest extent possible in order to combat wildlife crime, and in particular, to combat the trade in illegal ivory through the provision of guidance to support transnational criminal investigations and law enforcement operations. In addition, ICCWC was involved in the development of a Directory of laboratories eligible and willing to be included in an electronic directory of wildlife forensic providers.

 

 

 

 


Best Practice Guide for Forensic Timber Identification

The Best Practice Guide for Forensic Timber Identification Guide cover the whole chain of custody, providing information on best practices and procedures from the crime scene to the court room, in order to ensure that forensic data are credible and admissible in court. Their purpose its to facilitate more timely, thorough and effective investigations, resulting in an increased number of successful prosecutions and a reduction in the illegal timber trade. In addition, ICCWC has developed a complementary 'Law Enforcement Best Practice Flow Diagram for Timber' to lead front-line officers through the steps that should be completed when dealing with a load or shipment containing timber. An online version of this Flow Diagram including dynamic links to additional resources will be available in due course. In addition, ICCWC was involved in the development of a Directory of laboratories eligible and willing to be included in an electronic directory of wildlife forensic providers.

 

 

 


Wildlife Crime and Anti-Money Laundering training program

The Wildlife Crime and Anti-Money Laundering training program is a four day workshop to help Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), investigators, prosecutors and judges to overcome the investigative, legal and procedural challenges related to wildlife crime and money laundering cases. It aims to develop capacity to standardise procedures in detecting illegal transactions and suspicious activities, and to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate money laundering cases related to wildlife trafficking. Individual programme modules are being tailored to the needs of the different practitioners, to help them choose effective strategies, understand complex criminal patterns, reconstruct financial transactions, and apply relevant procedures or statutes.

 

 

 


Other tools and services available through ICCWC partner agencies 

An adiditonal range of other tools and services are available through ICCWC partner agencies 

The CITES Virtual College provides capacity-building activities and reference materials online. CITES Virtual College, is hosted by International University of Andalusia. 

CITES Enforcement Authority Forum has been integrated with ENVIRONET. For details, see Notification 2015/039.

The directory of laboratories conducting wildlife forensic testing (January 2019) is available at through the CITES Enforcement - Wildlife Forensics webpage

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World Wildlife Crime Report

The World Wildlife Crime Report produced by UNODC in cooperation with ICCWC partners’ takes stock of the present wildlife crime situation with a focus on illicit tracking of specific protected species of wild fauna and flora, and provides a broad assessment of the nature and extent of the problem at the global level. It includes a quantitative market assessment and a series of in-depth illicit trade case studies for species increasingly being seized by authorities as they gain prominence among consumers. The second edition of the WWCR, to be released in late 2019, incorporates updated data from UNODC’s WorldWISE seizure database through 2017 as well as case studies on new species of concern. 

 

 

 

 


Guide on Drafting Legislation to Combat Wildlife Crime

The Guide on Drafting Legislation to Combat Widllife Crime was developed by the UNODC in 2018 and aims is to assist Parties in protecting wildlife by criminalizing serious wildlife offences, as defined in this Guide, thereby enhancing Parties prosecution and criminal justice capacities. The Guide is intended as a technical assistance tool to assist Parties in reviewing and amending existing legislation and adopting new legislation against wildlife crime in line with the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Organized Crime Convention) and the United Nations Convention against Corruption. 

 

 

 

 


Customs - Police Cooperation Handbook

The Customs – Police Cooperation Handbook (2018) aims to foster increased cooperation between the Customs and Police agencies at the national level. While this document highlights the need for customs – police cooperation, on the one hand, it also offers professional insight on how to strengthen the collaboration between these institutions that are so important to a country’s national security.

 

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Link to ICCWC Partners Organization Programmes