Interpol launches project targeting African-Asian wildlife crime links

  • Date: Jan 25, 2017
  • Categories: news

Interpol has launched a new project to identify and dismantle organised crime networks making illicit profits in wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia.

 

The project will provide a strengthened law enforcement response in source, transit and destination countries. It will target high-profile traffickers in Asia who source wildlife from Africa, particularly those linked to illicit trade in ivory, rhino horn and Asian big cat products.

 

“It is essential that decisive action is taken to combat environmental crime and this project targeting the organised crime links between Africa and Asia will enable all involved actors to unite in their efforts, and provide a blueprint for future actions elsewhere in the world,” said Jürgen Stock, Interpol Secretary General.

 

Fisheries crime will also be targeted as part of the project.

 

(source: Tourism Update)