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Nature, Guns & Money

Nature, Guns and Money (NGM) is a cross-sectoral policy forum for cutting-edge analysis of environmental crime as a foreign policy and national security issue. NGM’s starting point is that environmental crime demands a holistic response, beyond a conservationist lens. NGM is managed by RUSI and Focused Conservation.

 

Moving Beyond the Slogan: Operationalising ‘Follow the Money’ Approaches to Illegal Wildlife Trade in Uganda 

6 Oct, 2021
Cathy Haenlein

The illicit finance dimensions of illegal wildlife trade (IWT) have gained unprecedented global attention. In-depth country case studies are required to tailor external support and assess how far ‘follow the money’ approaches are being effectively operationalised. In recent years, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – the global anti-money laundering…

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Cheating the System: Where Permits Come as Freely as the Wildlife

28 Sep, 2021
Lauren Young

Urgent action is needed to modernise the operation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to prevent the systematic ‘laundering’ of threatened species such as cheetahs. The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) published in September 2021 a stark reminder of…

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Authoritarianism is a Trap: How China Undermines its own Promises on the Environment

14 Sep, 2021
Dr Tim Wittig

A recent spat about China’s environmental impact in Africa reveals how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wishes to control its image on environmental issues. What happens when rhetoric meets reality?  A divisive – and perhaps healthy – debate came to a head recently when the Chinese Embassy in South Africa…

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Laundering Shark Species in the Pacific: The Trail of the Fin

5 Jun, 2021
Dr Alejandro Lerch

Illegal fishing has turned predator into prey, yet little is known about how shark species are laundered through legitimate supply chain. According to a landmark new study by Nature magazine, sharks are vanishing from the oceans. For every ten sharks in the open sea in the 1970s, today there is only…

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The Role of Beneficial Ownership in Combating IUU Fishing

4 Jun, 2021
Alexandria Reid, Jessa Rose Dury-Agri, Austin Brush and Duncan Copeland

At their meeting this week, the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors should endorse the adoption of global beneficial ownership registries to help end illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and other forms of environmental crime that are enabled by complex corporate structures.  In an unprecedented year for climate action, the…

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Preventing Future Zoonotic Pandemics: US Pandemic Relief Bill

27 May, 2021
Dr Tim Wittig

The American Rescue Plan addresses the root cause of zoonotic pandemics like Covid-19 by clearly signalling that illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is an international security threat. On Thursday, 11 March, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 Trillion pandemic relief and stimulus law for the US…

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