Environmental Crime

Environmental crime encompasses a spectrum of illicit activities, including illegal wood, wildlife trafficking, illegal mining and land grabbing.

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The Roots of Environmental Crime in the Colombian Amazon

COLOMBIA / 1 SEP 2021

The Amazon Basin is being ravaged at an accelerating rate by organized criminal groups and "legal" enterprises alike, as deforestation soars and biodiversity suffers. Illegal mining, logging, wildlife trafficking, land…

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Yacu Kallpa: Illegal Timber and Impunity in Peru

NEWS / 12 OCT 2021

Six years after investigators in Peru took down a massive timber trafficking operation that shipped millions of dollars’ worth of illegal hardwood, more than 90 people have been indicted and…

A Long Way to Go: Responses to Environmental Crime in Colombia's Amazon

INVESTIGATIONS / 29 SEP 2021

The presence of corrupt actors who have a vested interest in allowing environmental crime to happen coupled with an overall lack of capacity, resources and political will to combat related…

Corruption at Every Stage: Legal Actors Meet Criminal Networks

INVESTIGATIONS / 22 SEP 2021

From ornamental fish trafficking to land grabbing, corruption greases the wheels of every environmental crime motor, feeding deforestation and biodiversity loss in Colombia’s Amazon region.

A Roaring Trade: Wildlife Trafficking in Colombia’s Amazon

INVESTIGATIONS / 15 SEP 2021

While not as lucrative as illegal mining, wildlife trafficking is still a multimillion-dollar business.

As Marijuana Profits Dry Up, Mexico Crime Groups Turn to Alcohol and Logging

NEWS / 8 SEP 2021

Mexico remains the main international provider of marijuana for the United States, but this has greatly diminished since 2013, forcing certain criminal groups to adapt and look for other funds.

Exploring Illegal Mining in Colombia’s Amazon

INVESTIGATIONS / 8 SEP 2021

As gold prices have skyrocketed, criminal groups once solely dedicated to the trafficking of drugs and arms have moved into illegal mining.

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