Implementation support

Implementation Support 

ICCWC works with law enforcement authorities across the globe to better deter, detect, detain and dismantle the criminal networks involved in wildlife crime.

Support is provided based on a targeted approach aimed at strengthening criminal justice systems and providing coordinated support to further enhance countries' responses to combat wildlife crime.

Some of these activities are outlined further below. For more details, see the ICCWC Biannual Report for 2021-2022 and other reports available here, or follow us on social media. 

Supporting efforts and strengthening responses to address wildlife crime 

A diverse range of activities have been conducted and initiatives supported by the Consortium in many countries and regions across the world, as shown on the map below.

  • Analysis of national responses
  • Cross-cutting activities
  • Law enforcement support and capacity building

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Implementation of the ICCWC Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit and Indicator Framework for Wildlife and Forest Crime

28 countries have completed assessments of wildlife crime responses using the ICCWC Toolkit or the ICCWC Indicator Framework.

For an overview of the countries where the ICCWC Toolkit and ICCWC Indicator Framework have been implemented, or where implementation is ongoing, please click here.


ICCWC has coordinated a number of regional and global operations, including:


ICCWC also supported network-led operations such as COBRA II (2014) and COBRA III (2015). ICCWC will continue to support the Thunder series of operations through the ICCWC Strategic Programme.


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Trans-continental wildlife law enforcement operation ThunderStorm

This video was produced by Environment and Climate Change Canada.


Wildlife Enforcement Networks

A number of networks with different purposes and objectives focused on combating wildlife crime, and with varying degrees of formality and organization, have been developed across the world. In most cases, these networks are known as Wildlife Enforcement Networks (WENs). These WENs, if functioning optimally, can play an important role in facilitating increased collaboration and coordination to combat wildlife crime.

To support the development of WENs, ICCWC is also supporting the implementation of the ICCWC Guidelines for Wildlife Enforcement Networks in selected regions. These outline the key considerations in the development of a new WEN, and also provide a self-assessment tool for use by existing WENs to assist them in evaluating their level of maturity and/or operational performance and identify areas that could be further strengthened. 

Since 2013, ICCWC has convened a number of Global Meetings of WENs to share experiences and consider measures to further strengthen WENs, promote their operational effectiveness, and enhance cooperation and interaction, including the 4th global meeting of the WENs (November 2022). 

See more about Wildlife Enforcement Networks on the dedicated page here

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