Corruption throughout supply chains for wildlife, forests and fisheries is a major obstacle to global transitions towards legal and sustainable trade and harvesting.
Recent high level commitments, such as those made during the London Conference on illicit financial flows and the resolution on corruption adopted by Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), have boosted international efforts to understand and identify corruption, and to develop approaches to reduce the threats that it poses to biodiversity. The Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) project brings together expertise in both conservation and anti-corruption from a consortium led by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, TRAFFIC, and the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University.
Targeting corruption is one of the largest conservation and development challenges within natural resources sectors.
Corrupt practices in the governance and management of natural resources result in the misuse or outright theft of public revenues, environmental degradation, reduced economic growth and enduring poverty. Corruption undermines public trust in state institutions and facilitates criminality, insecurity, and even war. It distorts good governance and effective decision making, and it drives the allocation of resources away from the public good and into private hands, adversely impacting both people and biodiversity
The TNRC project core work focuses on three strategic approaches, including a review of existing knowledge and lessons, alongside launching new field research, and targeting international-level agenda-setters and influencers.
TRAFFIC, WWF, U4 ACRC and TraCCC are combining our expertise to help NRM practitioners reduce opportunities for corruption in natural resource management.
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