The Vancouver Statement on Nature Crime
Issued 23 August 2023
‘Today, we are joining together to form the Nature Crime Alliance – a new, multi-sector approach to fighting criminal forms of logging, mining, wildlife trade, land conversion, crimes associated with fishing, and the illegal activities with which they converge.
Nature crime constitutes one of the largest illicit economies in the world, inflicting devastation and destruction upon people and planet. We recognise that these crimes cannot be eradicated without multi-sector cooperation, and that there is a pressing need for greater coordination and collaboration among the diverse actors fighting nature crime. A new approach is needed.
We have formed the Alliance in recognition of this need, with members including representatives from governments, law enforcement, international organisations, civil society organisations, front line defenders including Indigenous Peoples and local communities, donors, and the private sector.
We will work together, through the Alliance, to raise political will, mobilise financial commitment, and strengthen operational capacity to fight nature crime. Through a range of initiatives – from solutions-focused working groups convening representatives across different sectors, to structured communications channels that enable open dialogue and the sharing of best practice – the Alliance is building a new, international, collaborative response to nature crime.
This is the first time that such a multi-sector approach to this global challenge has been developed on this scale, with the Alliance marking a key moment in the fight against nature crime. We encourage governments and organisations that share our determination to end environmental injustice and protect people and planet to join us in the Nature Crime Alliance.’
Issued by founding participants of the Nature Crime Alliance, including:
The Government of Norway
The Government of the United States
The Government of Gabon
UN Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Global Environment Facility (GEF)
Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime
Wildlife Justice Commission
Wildlife Conservation Society
Indigenous Peoples Rights International
Amazon Conservation Association
Environmental Investigation Agency US
Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Rainforest Foundation UK
Earth League International
World Forest ID
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