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Scaling Back Corruption: A Guide on Addressing Corruption for Wildlife Management Authorities

This 2019 Guide from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime provides a reference tool to assist wildlife management authorities, including Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Management and Scientific Authorities, to assess risks and develop capabilities to tackle corruption that can undermine their work. Doing so can proactively reduce the occurrence, extent and negative impact of wildlife crime. In many countries, wildlife management authorities were set up to focus on conservation and tourism, leaving them ill-equipped to respond to the degree of crime and corruption that they now face.

The step-by-step advice in this Guide can help wildlife management authorities to identify risks in current policies, procedures and systems, and develop mitigation measures to deter and prevent corruption and associated wildlife crime. Conservation and natural resource management practitioners in other organizations may also find this framework helpful when conducting their own risk analyses or when supporting or partnering with agencies involved in wildlife management.

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