Panel discussion: Understanding the nexus between Environmental Crime and Corruption

Join us on Monday 4 October at 14:00 CEST for the first in a series of virtual panel discussions co-hosted by the International Anti-Corruption Academy and the Wildlife Justice Commission, examining the nexus between environmental crime and corruption.

Links between environmental crime and corruption are gaining increased recognition in international fora. Historically, neither of these crimes have been adequately addressed, and the nexus between the two is often misunderstood. Environmental crimes facilitated by corruption inflict multiple impacts on society, from serious environmental degradation and biodiversity loss to global health risks, to a weakened rule of law.

The severity of these issues, and their far-reaching consequences, requires us to build a greater understanding of how corruption manifests in environmental crimes, and how best it may be tackled. That’s why we are teaming up with the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) to co-host a three-part series of panel discussions on the topic.

Join us for the first of these discussions on Monday 4 October at 14:00 CEST, when expert panellists will examine how corruption manifests itself in wildlife trafficking, fisheries crime, and illegal logging. This first panel discussion will be the basis for the rest of the series, where transversal corruption-related questions and law enforcement methods to tackle environmental crimes will be reviewed.

Moderated by Mr. Vincent Opyene, Founder and CEO of the National Resource Conversation Network, Uganda and IACA Alumni, the panel for this first session will comprise of:

  • Steve Carmody, Director of Programs – Wildlife Justice Commission
  • Tim Steele, Senior Adviser, Corruption and Economic Crime Branch – United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs
  • Sven Biermann, Executive Director – Fishery Transparency Initiative

This is sure to be an extremely valuable discussion for anti-corruption practitioners, law enforcement and policy makers, and anyone working in the field of conservation.

In the second session in December the key issues involving transversal-corruption linked to environmental crime will be discussed. In the third and final session, best practice law enforcement methods to tackle environmental crimes enabled by corruption will be presented.


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