About the Illegal Wildlife Trade

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The Illegal Wildlife Trade is the fourth largest illegal trade globally after arms, drugs and human trafficking and is consistently associated with other forms of serious and organised crime such as money laundering, fraud, and corruption. The trade is extremely lucrative and the total value of IWT is estimated to be approximately £15 billion every year.

Global regulators, charities and NGOs provide vital reporting on this crime and how to address this issue. This page contains links to these reports as well as latest news and guidance over which species are impacted by this trade. You can also read our project report where we detail the background to the Toolkit and some of the key risks identified in our research.

Read or download the full research report below.

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