UN World Environment Day focuses on illegal wildlife trade

EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

A wildlife ranger stands guard as local tourists (not visible), visit to see the Ewaso Nyiro river, during an early morning game drive through the Shaba National Reserve which is a protected area, in Isiolo, northern part of Kenya, 10 April 2016.

UN World Environment Day focuses on illegal wildlife trade


Environmental crimes are increasing at an alarming rate and the international community must work together to combat them, according to a leading United Nations official in view World Environment Day on June 5.

As reported by Al Jazeera, the value of plundered natural resources today is estimated to be as high as $258bn, up by 26% compared to 2014, making environmental crime the world's fourth most lucrative illegal activity – following drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

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