Environmental crime worth up to $213 billion a year, new study shows

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Global environmental crime is worth up to $213 billion each year according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTE RPOL, the world's largest international police organization.

These crimes include logging, poaching, trafficking of a wide range of animals, illegal fisheries, illegal mining and dumping of toxic waste.

The Environmental Crime Crisis study was released on Tuesday during the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya where action to tackle these crimes is high on the agenda.

The two agencies warn that global environmental crime is helping to finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"Environmental crime which is worth up to $213 billion each year is helping to finance criminal, militia and terrorist groups. Such illegal trade in natural resources is also threatening the security and sustainable development of many nations. By some estimates, the total amount generated from global environment crime significantly exceeds the global Overseas Development Assistance of around $135 billion each year."

Militia and terrorist groups in and around African nations with on-going conflicts may earn $111 to $289 million annually from their involvement in, and taxing of, the illegal or unregulated charcoal trade.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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