TNRC eCourse Introduction to Corruption, Anti-Corruption and Natural Resource Management

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Targeting Natural Resource Corruption

Harnessing knowledge, generating evidence, and supporting innovative policy and practice for more effective anti-corruption programming

TNRC eCourse:
Introduction to Corruption, Anti-Corruption and
Natural Resource Management

It’s generally acknowledged that corrupt practices can undermine the sound management of natural resources, facilitate environmental crime and illegal trade, and drive resources away from the public good and into private hands. But conservation practitioners often feel obligated to treat corruption as something that they must program around, due in part to a lack of insight on approaches that could advance anti-corruption outcomes. This introductory course has been designed to support conservation experts who have little to no prior understanding of anti-corruption.

Take the eCourse

Are you WWF staff? Take the course through our internal learning platform.

Duration: About 90 minutes

Who is this eCourse for?

This self-paced 90-minute eCourse is designed for conservation and natural resource management practitioners working globally in project design and implementation in the wildlife, forests, and fisheries sectors, either in the field or at central offices. It is also relevant to conservation practitioners working at the policy-level, internally or externally.


Why take the course?

Improving understanding of corruption, its drivers and facilitators, and the range of possible approaches (that include, but also extend beyond detection and enforcement) is the first step to targeting natural resource corruption. This course introduces basic learning from anti-corruption research and practice to help break down the concept of corruption and expand understanding of the ways that it can be addressed in conservation programming. Case studies are included from the wildlife, forests, and fisheries sectors, based on real-world experiences.


By taking this course, you’ll improve your ability to:

  • Identify corrupt behaviors, including how they differ from other negative and illegal behaviors
  • Describe factors that can “cause” corruption in natural resource management
  • Understand the diversity of anti-corruption approaches that can be considered in natural resource management programming


This course was developed by anti-corruption and conservation experts in the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption Project and adapted into a self-paced eCourse by WWF-US and TRAFFIC.

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