Wildlife crime costs about $10 billion a year

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A new team has been recruited to help countries around the world combat wildlife crime and illegal trade valued at approximately $10 billion a year.

The team is working under CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora which is administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The three-member Enforcement Support Team comprises a police officer from South Africa, an analyst from Sweden and a Prosecutor from Brazil.

Juan Carlos Vasquez from CITES, says wildlife crime is a serious problem around the world.

"We estimate that the magnitude of the wildlife crime, according to several reports, is $10 billion per year of trade excluding timber and fish trade. So it's a huge and very lucrative activity that is not well detected by the authorities now and that requires more enforcement efforts by the international community."

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