Crimes involving wildlife, forests and fish are typically undertaken for profit. Understanding the financial aspects of such crimes and related corruption could help practitioners to tackle them more effectively, improving conservation outcomes.

Over the last years, the USAID-funded Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) project has made significant progress in exploring and explaining illicit financial flows and their relation to natural resource corruption.

This introductory guide for the Targeting Natural Resource Corruption (TNRC) project:

  • outlines the impact of illicit financial flows on conservation goals;
  • explains approaches that can help conservation and natural resource management practitioners to strengthen their programming and related responses;
  • offers guidance on risks and constraints to such financial approaches.

It leads the Illicit Financial Flows topic page of the TNRC Knowledge Hub and is designed to help practitioners find relevant resources.

The key takeaways are: