TNRC Blog Trade Discrepancy Analysis: A Tool to Identify Environmental Corruption and Associated Illicit Financial Flows
Trade Discrepancy Analysis: A Tool to Identify Environmental Corruption and Associated Illicit Financial Flows
This TNRC event, hosted by the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), presented new research findings from an examination of trade data on timber from Vietnam (publication forthcoming), and discussed the implications and potential applications of this and similar research. The panel featured Camilo Pardo, Researcher at TraCCC, Hin Keong Chen, Senior Advisor or Forest Governance and Trade at TRAFFIC, and Thomas Chung, Forests Campaigner at Environmental Investigation Agency, moderated by Louise Shelley, Director of TraCCC. Panelists shared insights on how trade data is being used to find discrepancies that indicate possible illicit financial flows and associated corruption, how this technique can be applied to natural resources, and recommendations for next steps. A recording of the event is above, and a PDF of slides can be downloaded here.
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