TNRC Partner Resource Basel Institute on Governance: Behavioural drivers of corruption facilitating illegal wildlife trade: Problem analysis and state of the field review
Targeting Natural Resource Corruption
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Behavioral drivers of corruption facilitating illegal wildlife trade: Problem analysis and state of the field review
This Problem Analysis is a review of the efficacy and opportunities for using social norm and behavior change (SNBC) approaches to combat illegal wildlife trade (IWT) and similar natural resource-related corruption. Behavioral science is a rich and expansive field that has received prominent coverage in recent years for the promise it offers as a foundational yet underutilized approach to achieving biodiversity conservation. Extensive literature shows how SNBC initiatives can help combat diverse corruption problems, although for those related to natural resource management the evidence for doing so is sparse. This report synthesizes the available information and suggests the next steps to redress this current lack of evidence. It seeks to: a) Understand what SNBC approaches might or might not work in fighting corruption; and b) Identify entry points for designing SNBC interventions that can effectively reduce corruption related to illegal wildlife trade.
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