UNEP global environmental alert service: January 2013

United Nations Environment Programme (2013)

Environmental crime typically refers to any breach of a national or international environmental law or convention that exists to ensure the conservation and sustainability of the world's environment. Five areas are considered to be of major importance: illegal trade in wildlife

illegal logging and its associated timber trade

illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

illegal trade in controlled chemicals (including ozone-depleting substances)

and illegal disposal of hazardous waste.

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