Vincent Opyene, CEO and Founder of the Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN), and Cathy Haenlein, Director, Organised Crime and Policing at RUSI, explain the importance of analysing the money generated by the illegal wildlife trade, and what needs to happen in order to build on recent progress in Uganda on following the financial footprints of wildlife criminals.
The discussion accompanies the release of RUSI’s report, entitled ‘Illegal Wildlife Trade in Uganda: Tracking Progress on “Following the Money”’, which represents the most in-depth independent study of Uganda’s response to illicit finance generated by wildlife trafficking. Based on research conducted jointly with Uganda’s Natural Resource Conservation Network and funded by USAID, the report documents how criminals operating in Uganda use the illegal wildlife trade to amass and launder substantial sums of money.
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Organised Crime and Policing