The annual UN International Anti-Corruption Day (9 December) provides an opportunity to reflect on whether the global community is making progress in curbing this persistent and pernicious crime – and in terms of the prevalence of corruption as a key enabler of environmental crime, the overall prognosis is not good.
A major report revealing details of large-scale ivory smuggling from Tanzania to China was released last week by EIA. The report continues to make headlines, with most stories pegged to an allegation by Tanzanian traders that members of the Chinese president’s delegation had purchased illegal ivory in Tanzania
Our new report, Vanishing Point - Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania's Elephants, reveals that Chinese-led criminal gangs are conspiring with corrupt Tanzanian officals to traffic huge amunts of ivory. This illegal trade has caused half of Tanzania's elephants to be poached in the past five years.