Nairobi — Global environmental crime, worth up to US$213 billion each year, is helping finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups and threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Interpol.
The Environmental Crime Crisis, a rapid response assessment, was released during the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), where action to tackle environmental crime is high on the agenda for hundreds of environment ministers, law enforcement officers, the judiciary and senior UN officials.
Combined estimates from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UNEP and Interpol place the monetary value of all environmental crime – which includes logging, poaching and trafficking of a wide range of animals, illegal fisheries, illegal mining and dumping of toxic waste – at between US$70 and US$213 billion each year. This compares to global Overseas Development Assistance of around US$135 billion.
Illegal extraction and trade in minerals and mining ist estaimated at 12 48 billion US$ annual loss of resources, illegal trade and dumping of hazardous waste at 10 to 12 US$.
The full report can be downloaded under grida.no.
Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / GRID-Arendal