Wildlife crime and corruption



In which way does corruption exacerbate the problem of poaching and illegal wildlife trade in Southern Africa and how can anti-corruption contribute to the fight against it?


There are several corruption instruments and approaches that could help in the fight against illicit trade in wildlife, including establishing a strong legal framework against both corruption and wildlife trafficking, human resources management reforms in the public sector, capacity building on both technical and integrity-related issues, and more generally, raising ethical standards across the public sector. In the particular case of wildlife crimes, special attention should be given to mechanisms to address corruption within customs, law enforcement agencies as well as the judiciary.


Martini, M. Wildlife crime and corruption. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, CMI, Bergen, Norway (2013) 7 pp. [U4 Expert Answer 367]

Wildlife crime and corruption

Published 1 January 2013