An Occasional paper from RUSI on 30 April examines the illegal wildlife trade in West Africa, and provides recommendations on how to combat it. It says that in the last 5 years, West Africa has emerged as a major source and transit hub in the global illegal wildlife trade (IWT). The industrial scale of the multi-tonne, multi-product seizures originating from West Africa clearly demonstrates that profit-driven organised crime groups are running the trade. The Paper focuses on high-grossing trafficking in elephant ivory, pangolin scales and rosewood and provides recommendations to support the implementation of FATF guidelines in the region.
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