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Asia-Pacific Counter-Illegal Wildlife Trade Hub
Valued at $7-23 US billion per year, wildlife is the world’s fourth-largest illegal trade after firearms, drugs and human trafficking.
Globally, 72–90% of wildlife products (by volume) are trafficked by sea. Hong Kong hosts the world’s 8th largest container port, and is a key node in global transport and financial networks, acting as a bottleneck for trade and financial flows related to wildlife crime.
What we are doing
Strategically located in Hong Kong, the WWF Asia-Pacific Counter-Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Hub is focused on intercepting global wildlife smuggling operations and following the money trails of wildlife crime.
Our mission is to tackle the economic and logistics frameworks that underpin the illegal wildlife trade. We work to impair trafficking operations by making them more difficult and costly.
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