Transnational environmental crime (TEC) is one of the fastest-growing areas of criminal activity, globally worth billions of dollars. It includes illegal logging and timber smuggling, wildlife trafﬁcking, the black market in ozone-depleting substances (ODS) and other prohibited or regulated chemicals, the illegal trade in hazardous and toxic wastes, and what is known in the environmental governance lexicon as IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) ﬁshing. TEC constitutes a seemingly intractable dimension of the non-compliance and enforcement problem that is central to global environmental governance. It is also an issue of increasing interest to the community of practice and scholars interested in transnational crime more generally. There is no doubt that those engaged in TEC include both resource-speciﬁc smuggling rings and organized crime groups for whom various individuals of fauna and ﬂora, other environmental resources and pollutants are just one more commodity that can generate proﬁt.
|Title of host publication||Following the proceeds of environmental crime: Forests, fish and filthy lucre|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon, UK and New York, USA|
|Publisher||Routledge Taylor & Francis Group|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|