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Hard-won wisdom: what conservationists need to know about wildlife-related corruption

Wildlife crime is big business — by some estimates it is the fourth largest source of illegal trade after drugs, counterfeit goods and human trafficking. Corruption is a key enabler of wildlife crime and a new resolution passed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) highlights the need for international, inter-agency collaboration in order to tackle it. To date, however, there has been little interaction between the conservation and anti-corruption communities, and there is a risk that developments in the anti-corruption field may be overlooked by those designing wildlife-related interventions. This briefing highlights promising entry points for collaboration for both communities to explore.

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Successfully fighting wildlife crime depends on engaging with local communities. IIED is working with partners to find out how actions to improve local livelihoods can reduce poaching and promote conservation.

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