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Peru joins the Nature Crime Alliance

Peru is the latest government to join the Nature Crime Alliance in recognition of the need for international, multi-sector collaboration to counter crimes that harm people and planet.

Peru has made significant strides in addressing nature crimes, enabling the implementation of more effective strategies and policies. Yet, as with many countries rich in natural resources, Peru continues to face significant challenges linked to nature crime, with criminal forms of wildlife trade, logging, land conversion, and gold mining remaining a major concern.

By joining the Alliance, Peru stands to benefit from gaining access to the expertise from across this global, multi-sector network, which includes governments, law enforcement, and civil society, international, inter-governmental, and Indigenous Peoples’ organisations. Through the facilitation of the Alliance Secretariat, hosted by World Resources Institute with participation from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Peruvian policymakers will also have the opportunity to engage in solutions-focused working groups and initiatives with Alliance members.

The Alliance currently includes more than 40 members, with the Secretariat managing projects on a range of issues including the use of tools and technology in fighting nature crime; disrupting financial activity and corruption linked to these crimes; and supporting front line defenders, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Peru will help enhance the Alliance’s collective efforts by bringing in its national and regional experience in combating these crimes, including strengthening regional cooperation in the Amazon region.

Gustavo Laurie, Ambassador of Peru in Norway, commented: “By joining the Nature Crime Alliance Peru is not only wishing to obtain benefits from its membership but is also committing itself to advance in the fight against all criminal activities negatively impacting nature, including in the Amazon basin. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, primarily through its Embassy in Norway, aims at ensuring a unified and consistent Peruvian contribution to the Alliance by undertaking effective multisectoral coordination and consultation. This endeavor is not exempted of challenges, but we are determined to overcome them.”

The Co-Chairs of the Alliance’s Steering Committee, Hans Brattskar, Special Envoy in the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway, and Christine Dawson, Director of the Office of Conservation and Water, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US Department of State, commented: “The shared global challenges we face from nature crime cannot be addressed by single governments alone. We need a coordinated and collaborative response that draws on expertise and learnings from different sectors and recognises where efforts can be enhanced. The Nature Crime Alliance is creating the framework for this international collaboration, and we are delighted that Peru has joined the initiative. Together, we can end crimes against people and planet.”

The Director of the Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat, Yulia Stange, commented: “Joining the Alliance represents a commitment to tackle a global challenge that affects us all. We are pleased that Peru has joined the initiative in recognition of the value of international and inter-sector collaboration. Several Alliance members have active projects in Peru, and we look forward to deepening our engagement.”

The Nature Crime Alliance includes governments from Africa, Europe, North America and South America. For more information, please contact Luke Foddy at

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Nature Crime Alliance welcomes WWF

WWF is the latest organisation to join the Nature Crime Alliance – a global, multi-sector network that raises political will, mobilises finanical commitment, and bolsters operational capacity to fight nature crime.

For more than 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. Today, it operates in nearly 100 countries to conserve and restore nature and tackle climate change.

WWF joins the Nature Crime Alliance to further its work on a range of issues that converge with Alliance members, including financial crime related to land conversion and the disruption of illegal wildlife trade.   

Nature crime – criminal forms of logging, mining, fishing, wildlife trade and land conversion – threatens ecosystems, undermines global biodiversity and climate goals, and robs governments and communities of resources and revenue. These activities regularly converge with other forms of serious organised crime, including drugs and arms trafficking, and often give rise to human rights violations.

The Alliance has been formed in response to this critical global issue, and brings together governments, law enforcement, civil society, international organisations and frontline defenders, including Indigenous People and local communities, to build greater collaboration in response to these crimes.

Crawford Allan, Vice President, Nature Crimes and Policy Advocacy, WWF, commented: “WWF has worked for decades to tackle the combined threats of nature crime that devastate our wild places and undercut natural resource equity for vulnerable economies and communities. Joining the Nature Crime Alliance brings WWF’s experience, resources, and reach to bear alongside the governments and partners in the Alliance, as a unified front to counter the criminal operations that drive and profit from environmental degradation.”

Yulia Stange, Director of the Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat, commented: “WWF has a strong record of success in driving initiatives that tackle nature crime and protect biodiversity. Through joining the Alliance, WWF can deepen collaboration with our multi-sector membership and help scale solutions to nature crime into new regions and contexts.”

The Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat is hosted by WRI, with participation from UNDOC.

For more information, please contact Luke Foddy, Communications Manager, at

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UNICRI joins Nature Crime Alliance amid growing focus on illegal mining

The United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) has joined the Nature Crime Alliance to further its mandate to channel innovative ideas from within and outside the United Nations system.

UNICRI works in specialised niches and selected areas related to crime prevention, criminal justice, security governance, counter-terrorism, and the risks and benefits of technological advances. Headquartered in Italy, the Institute has a strong focus on nature crime, particularly the illegal extraction of minerals – an activity that threatens to grow more frequent amid the global energy transition.

Since 1998, UNICRI has been at the forefront of addressing crimes against nature and the planet by enhancing knowledge, building capacities, and shaping legal reforms, including defining crimes against the environment. The Institute has led numerous international projects to prevent and combat such offenses, with a specific focus on illegal mining and the trafficking of precious metals, as well as mitigating risks associated with the illicit trafficking of e-waste, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials. UNICRI is also addressing the role of climate insecurity in exacerbating local conflicts and violent extremism, aiming to strengthen the resilience of governments and civil society.

These offenses severely degrade air, water, and soil quality, adversely affecting human health, endangering species, triggering disasters, and depriving communities of essential resources, thereby posing significant threats to peace, safety, and development.

Leif Villadsen, Acting Director of UNICRI, emphasized the importance of the partnership with the Nature Crime Alliance, commenting: “We are grateful for this crucial partnership. The intricate relationship between environmental crimes and other criminal activities, such as financial crimes and supply chain violations, requires detailed analysis, enhanced training, and a coordinated international response. Our collaboration with the Alliance is crucial to effectively tackle the challenges of nature crime, develop innovative solutions, raise awareness, and amplify the impact of our joint strategies, particularly in combating illegal mining.”

UNICRI becomes the latest international organisation to join the Alliance, which also includes the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, INTERPOL, and the UN Environment Programme. The Institute has a deep involvement with nature crime issues, running an annual ‘winter school’ on environmental crime.

Yulia Stange, Director of the Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat, commented: “UN bodies represent an essential forum for positive change on nature crime, so we are delighted to welcome UNICRI into the Alliance to strengthen our network’s engagement with UN processes and to develop research-based solutions to key issues.

“The Institute’s increasing research focus on illegal mining offers particular synergies with the Alliance’s activities, and we look forward to making progress on this key challenge together.”

The Nature Crime Alliance is a global, multi-sector network that increases political will, mobilises financial commitment, and bolsters operational capacity to fight nature crime. The Secretariat is hosted by the World Resources Institute, with participation from UNODC.

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WATCH: Meet the Nature Crime Alliance #2

The online ivory trade in the EU, illegal gold mining in the Amazon, and the role of US transnational whistleblower laws in fighting environmental crime were all explored during the second edition of the ‘Meet the Nature Crime Alliance’ webinar series.

Eugénie Pimont, Wildlife Cybercrime Officer at IFAW, presented findings from the recent report, ‘The Elephant in the Net: Research snapshot of the online ivory trade after the adoption of the new EU rules’, which highlights how ivory is still being widely sold in several European countries despite tougher rules being introduced across the EU in 2022 aimed at limiting the trade. Eugénie’s presentation (see slides here) was a stark reminder of the challenges posed by online marketplaces in the context of nature crime – something the Alliance is focusing on in its supply chain choke points workstream.

If you’d like to know more about IFAW’s work in this area, you can reach Eugénie at:

Turning to South America, Matt Finer and Nadia Mamani from Amazon Conservation Association shared insights from their ‘Monitoring the Andean Amazon Project (MAAP), with a focus on illegal gold mining in Peru. Matt, the Director of MAAP, showed that gold mining in the region takes place in several different contexts, while Nadia, Senior GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist, provided insights on how Amazon Conservation is working with local communities to bring their findings to the attention of law enforcement. You can reach Matt and Nadia at: and respectively.

The session also heard from Steve Kohn, Founding Partner at KKC and Chair of the National Whistleblower Center, who shared his perspectives on how existing US transnational whistleblower laws can be used for effective nature crime enforcement. Steve stressed the value of these laws in prosecuting and deterring perpetrators of nature crime, but noted that this value is widely unknown among many stakeholders. This includes the potential funding available for CSOs through successful prosecutions and sanction revenue. See Steve’s slides here. Contact Steve at:

The ‘Meet the Nature Crime Alliance’ webinar series aims to showcase Alliance members in short, concise sessions that can spark future engagement. This session, which took place on 29 May, also featured an update from the Alliance Director, Yulia Stange.

If your organisation is an Alliance member and you would like to take part in future webinars, please contact

Watch the first edition of the webinar series, featuring Earth League International, Wildlife Justice Commission and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, here.  

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Webinar: Meet the Nature Crime Alliance #2

The second edition of the ‘Meet the Nature Crime Alliance’ webinar takes place on Wednesday 29 May at 10am ET / 4pm CET.

Eugénie Pimont from the International Fund for Animal Welfare will present findings from the recent report, ‘The Elephant in the Net: Research snapshot of the online ivory trade after the adoption of the new EU rules’.

Matt Finer and Nadia Mamani from Amazon Conservation Association will share insights from their work mapping illegal gold mining in Peru.

And Steve Kohn, National Whistleblower Center, will share his perspectives on how existing US transnational whistleblower reward laws are being utilised for effective nature crime enforcement.

We hope you can join us.

Register here

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ILP bolsters Alliance’s work to broaden legal support for frontline defenders

A key aim of the Nature Crime Alliance is to bolster capacity for frontline defenders, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, who often have limited access to costly legal representation. To help develop solutions to this challenge, the Alliance has welcomed the International Lawyers Project (ILP), as its latest member.

Based in London but supporting communities around the world, ILP advances economic and environmental justice and the rule of law through the provision of pro bono legal expertise to civil society, communities, and governments. Its vision is a sustainable world in which law serves as a tool for those who need it the most.

As part of its membership in the Alliance, ILP will draw on its extensive expertise utilising different legal tools and remedies to tackle environmental crimes, for example, advising on the use of sanctions for wildlife trafficking organised crime groups or conducting legal reviews of regulatory frameworks to ensure prevention and detection of environmental crimes. The Alliance platform will also help serve as a ‘dot connector’ between ILP’s pro bono services and those who need them.

Lucy Claridge, ILP’s Executive Director, said “We are acutely aware of the increasing convergence of corruption and environmental degradation. Corrupt actors exploit ineffective fiscal policies and weak environmental laws, providing fertile ground for illicit activities to flourish, resulting in environmental harm that disproportionately affects the poorest and most vulnerable communities, particularly in the Global South. Legal tools and remedies are increasingly effective in holding responsible parties accountable for environmental crimes and empowering communities to seek better governance of natural resources”.

In addition to ILP’s contribution to solutions developed by the Alliance, the organisation will also form part of a legal resources database being developed by the Alliance Secretariat. This resource will help civil society, Indigenous Peoples and local communities find legal expertise relevant to their needs.

Yulia Stange, Director of the Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat, said: “Ensuring that frontline defenders and other organisations fighting nature crime have access to justice and legal support is a key tenet of the Nature Crime Alliance. We’re extremely excited by the potential opportunities arising for people, planet and justice through ILP’s membership.”

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Alliance convenes multi-sector insights on financial crime linked to forestry crime

Strategies for disrupting financial crime related to forestry crime were explored during a session hosted by the Nature Crime Alliance at the Forest Governance and Policy Conference 2024 (FGP24).

The Alliance Secretariat brought together thought leaders from government, law enforcement, civil society and the private sector for the session, which convened during FGP24 in Washington DC, hosted by WRI.

Moderated by Lynn Schlingemann, Senior Associate, Financial Crime and Corruption, Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat, the audience heard from Rowena Watson, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Sanctions Coordination, US Department of State, who shared insights on the role of sanctions in tackling forestry crimes. This included a case study from the Central African Republic involving Wagner Group activity related to illegal timber.

Paul Hackett, AML Advisor, UNODC, presented on his work supporting law enforcement efforts in Peru, while Nick Schumann from HSBC spoke on the value of public-private partnerships in identifying and disrupting financial crime related to nature crime.

Julia Yansura, Program Director for Environmental Crime and Illicit Finance at the FACT Coalition, shared some takeaways from FACT’s recent report, Dirty Money and the Destruction of the Amazon, highlighting how proceeds of criminal activities in the Amazon are entering the US financial system. And legislation was also a focus, with Scott Greytak, Director of Advocacy, Transparency International US, sharing his thoughts on the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act and its implications for forestry crime.

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Nature Crime Alliance events at Forest Government and Policy Conference 2024  

The Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat is hosting two sessions at the upcoming Forest Governance and Policy Conference (FGP24), which convenes in Washington DC on 29 April.

The conference is bringing together a range of actors working on issues across the forestry sector, including illegal logging, recent legislation, and tools and technology to support forest management.

Financial crime linked to forestry crime

The Alliance Secretariat is convening officials from the US State Department and UNODC, along with thought leaders from Transparency International, the FACT Coalition, and HSBC to explore strategies for tackling financial crime linked to forestry crime. Lynn Schlingemann, Senior Associate, Financial Crime and Corruption, Nature Crime Alliance, will be moderating the session, which takes place on Wednesday 1 May, 11:00am to 12:30pm ET.

Speakers include:

Rowena Watson, Office of Sanctions Coordination, US Department of State
Paul Hackett, Global Programme against Money Laundering, UNODC
Scott Greytak, Transparency International
Julia Yansura, FACT Coalition
Nick Schumann, HSBC
Lynn Schlingemann, Nature Crime Alliance (Moderator)

Introduction to the Nature Crime Alliance

The Alliance Secretariat will also be hosting a side event on Tuesday 30 April aimed at those with limited knowledge of the Alliance and its work. The side event, which takes place 10:30am to 11:30am, will present an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Alliance and its aims, as well as the wider need for multi-sector collaboration to fight nature crime.

Speakers include:

Yulia Stange, Nature Crime Alliance Secretariat
Christine Dawson, OES, US Department of State
Raphael Edou, Environmental Investigation Agency
Chip Barber, WRI (Moderator)

FGP24 is primarily an in-person conference, although the main sessions, including the convening on financial crime, will be streamed online. The Alliance side event will not be streamed.

The conference takes place at the World Resources Institute offices, Washington DC.

Find out more and register for FGP24 here.

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WITA brings expertise on law enforcement and local community engagement to the Alliance

The Wildlife Investigators Training Alliance (WITA) has joined the Nature Crime Alliance to bolster efforts to support actors on the frontline of wildlife crime.  

Headquartered in the US, WITA fights transnational wildlife crime across sub-Saharan Africa and Central and South America through training programmes, investigation support, and equipment donations. According to its website, WITA has trained more than 2,500 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges since 2018 in best practices for the prevention, detection, deterrence, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of transnational wildlife crimes.

Steph Durno Karns, Executive Director of WITA, said: “Collaboration between civil society organisations and governments is necessary in the fight to dismantle transnational criminal networks that seek to exploit the world’s natural resources. WITA is honoured to join the Nature Crime Alliance and supports its mission.

“WITA is comprised of lifelong wildlife law enforcement professionals who are passionate about supporting their dedicated brothers and sisters who work tirelessly to protect our wildlife, fisheries, and forests for generations to come.”   

Through the Nature Crime Alliance, WITA will engage with aligned organisations to share information and best practice and develop new collaborations. Drawing on their extensive work with rangers, WITA can share insights on successful conservation strategies and the importance of fostering positive relationships between law enforcement and local communities.

The need for greater collaboration in this area is consistently raised in international fora, according to Yulia Stange, Director of the Nature Crime Alliance. “We repeatedly hear from stakeholders across our network that there is a need for stronger cooperation with, and support for, law enforcement, rangers, investigators, prosecutors, and judges,” Yulia said.

“WITA has shown the value in building positive relationships and offering targeted trainings to bolster the capacity of those who are risking their lives to protect our precious wildlife and natural resources. We are grateful to have WITA in the Alliance and look forward to the collaborations to come.”

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IFAW joins Alliance to bolster “shared mission” of ending nature crime  

The Nature Crime Alliance has welcomed the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) as its latest member.   

IFAW is a global non-profit committed to helping animals and people thrive together. It works to rescue, rehabilitate and release animals, and restore and protect their natural habitats. This work is extremely relevant to the Nature Crime Alliance, which brings together actors fighting crimes that damage wildlife and habitat, such as illegal forms of logging, mining, and wildlife trade.  

Polen Cisneros, Wildlife Crime Program Manager, IFAW, said: “IFAW recognises the urgency and gravity of nature crime and is enthusiastic about aligning our efforts with the Nature Crime Alliance.  

“By working collectively, we believe we can amplify our impact, strengthen global initiatives, and pave the way for a world where nature is safeguarded from criminal activities. We look forward to contributing our expertise, resources, and passion to the shared mission of ending nature crime and preserving the rich biodiversity of our planet for future generations.”  

IFAW joins a range of actors within the Alliance that focus on animal welfare, with the Alliance Secretariat facilitating engagement between members to co-create solutions to this critical issue.  

Yulia Stange, Director of the Alliance, said: “Nature crimes such as illegal logging and wildlife trafficking threaten species and ecosystems and undermine our global biodiversity goals. IFAW is doing great work to protect animals affected by these activities, and to create systems that result in more harmonious conditions between animals and people. We are pleased they are on board and are excited by the knowledge they can share with our members.”  

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