Annual Report 2022
2022: Seizing the moment and expanding our reach

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of our supporters for their generosity and dedication to our shared mission of wildlife justice. Thanks to your support, we were able to achieve great results in 2022. Together, we can make 2023 even more impactful.

Our work is only possible thanks to our generous donors and partners. We renewed our valued partnerships with the Oak Foundation, WWF Netherlands, and the National Postcode Lottery in 2022 with a total funding commitment of over EUR 4.5 million for the coming years. We welcomed the FRED Foundation and the UK People’s Postcode Lottery as new donors. We would like to thank all our donors for their continued support.

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The WJC was mentioned 114 times in international media

At the global and multilateral level, the WJC provides valuable information about its intelligence-led investigations to high-level stakeholders and policy makers. One of the ways in which the WJC accomplishes this is through its intelligence reports. In 2022, the WJC published four public reports:

As the Covid-19 pandemic slowly subsided and borders opened in the course of 2022, criminal networks went back to business as usual, resulting in an increase in poaching and trafficking of wildlife and as a result, an increase of seizures. In response, the Wildlife Justice Commission stepped up its fight against transnational organised wildlife crime. Our intelligence-led approach allowed us to secure major arrests in, amongst others, Nigeria, Mozambique and Thailand, to deepen our understanding of the criminal dynamics, and to share our expertise with law enforcement, policy makers, and practitioners across the globe.

Investigative and intelligence support was provided to 11 law enforcement agencies , including Nigerian Customs Services (NCS), Mozambique National Criminal Investigations Service (SERNIC), Mozambique National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC), South African Police Service (SAPS), South African National Parks (SANParks), Royal Thai Police (RTP), Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), US Fish and Wildlife Services (US FWS), China Customs Anti-Smuggling Bureau (ASB), Vietnam Environmental Crime Police, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

In 2022, the WJC continued to have an effective impact via its media outreach strategy and was a central point of reference on wildlife crime. The WJC was mentioned 114 times in international media (as compared to 62 times in 2021). In addition, we published four public reports, produced our own podcast and our work was featured in four other podcasts.


Olivia Swaak-Goldman

Executive Director, Wildlife Justice Commission.

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