Illegal Wildlife Trade Financial Crimes
Before they end up in the hands of criminal networks, illicit capital gains from international wildlife trafficking flow through the global financial system, contravening laws, weakening institutions and rewarding corruption along the way.

Due to a low level of awareness, mechanisms to combat IWT capital flows were often left out of anti-money laundering and other financial transaction safeguards systems which were designed to monitor other serious crimes, such as drug, arms and human trafficking.

What WWF is doing

We work to establish systems and responses in the financial sector to address illegal capital flows associated with wildlife trafficking by partnering with key financial institutions to:

Future actions:

  • Translate the ACAMS-WWF IWT Ending Illegal Wildlife Trade Certificate of Achievement course to Mandarin Chinese and Spanish
  • Attend the 12th Annual Japan Anti-Money Laundering & Anti-Financial Crime Conference