Illegal wildlife trade and financial investigations in West Africa


This report from UK think tank RUSI looks at IWT trends in West Africa, focusing on high-grossing trafficking in elephant ivory, pangolin scales and rosewood.

This paper begins by analysing IWT trends in West Africa, with a focus on high-grossing trafficking in elephant ivory, pangolin scales and rosewood. Second, it identifies key challenges that currently prevent the use of financial investigation in IWT cases, with a view to establishing baseline levels of awareness and capacity to combat IWT as a financial crime among financial intelligence units in the region. Third, it provides recommendations to support the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force’s guidelines in the region.

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