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Eco-crime Hits a Record High

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As the world celebrates the World Environment Day, a rapid response report published Saturday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL estimates the value of environmental crime at 26 per cent higher than previous estimates, at $91-258 billion today compared to $70-213 billion in 2014.

The Rise of Environmental Crime, finds that weak laws and poorly funded security forces are enabling international criminal networks and armed rebels to profit from a trade that fuels conflicts, devastates ecosystems and is threatening species with extinction.

According to the UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said, the vast sums of money generated from these crimes keep sophisticated international criminal gangs in business, and fuel insecurity around the world. Read more