Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Illegal Wildlife Trade: Responsible for COVID?

Illegal Wildlife Trade: Responsible for COVID?

We explore the illegal wildlife trade and it's apparent role in the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The huge socio-economic consequences on the communities where this trade takes place, not to mention the threat to biodiversity, environmental sustainability, the brutality suffered by the animals themselves. The illegal wildlife trade is complex and far reaching – it’s estimated to be worth between seven and 23 billion US dollars, making it one of the most lucrative forms of transnational organised crimes. It's also used as a way to launder illicit proceeds from other illegal markets such as narcotics, the arms trade and modern slavery.   Guests Environmental Investigation Agency (https://eia-international.org/) . GI Network (https://globalinitiative.net/experts/nirmal-ghosh/) ). WWF, South Africa. (https://www.wwf.org.za/) Alastair Nelson (https://globalinitiative.net/experts/alastair-nelson/) – Resilience Fund Coordinator for Mozambique for the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. GI Network (https://globalinitiative.net/experts/carl-miller/) ). Michigan State University. (https://www.canr.msu.edu/people/meredith_gore) CITES (https://www.cites.org/) . Global Initiative Digital Dangers (https://globalinitiative.net/?s=digital+dangers) #CovidCrimeWatch

Duration: 59 min

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