The State of Knowledge of Crimes that have Serious Impacts on the Environment

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Environmental crimes are widely recognised as among some of the most profitable forms of transnational criminal activity. The monetary value of these crimes is estimated at between USD 91-259 billion annually, most likely the fourth largest criminal area in the world after drugs, counterfeits and human trafficking. The estimate corresponds to a 26% increase compared to the previous estimate in 2014, with the annual rates of such crimes expected to further increase by 5-7% (Nellemann et al., 2016). This is a report of an expert process involving experts nominated by governments, inter-governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations to ascertain and document the current status of knowledge of crimes that have serious impacts on the environment.

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