This report will be released in English and Ukrainian on 4 April 2023. Advance copies are available under embargo:  contact

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This report offers a detailed deep dive into how corruption fuels illegal logging in Ukraine. It explains how the Russian invasion has raised the risks of illegal logging, by increasing demand for wood and its relative value as a resource, and by reducing inspections and civil society oversight.

This online event will launch a comprehensive new analysis of corruption and illegal logging in Ukraine.

The report "How corruption threatens the forests of Ukraine: Typology and case studies on corruption and illegal logging" is the first in the Basel Institute's Environmental Corruption Deep Dive series.

Opening remarks are by Claudio Nardi, Counsellor, Division for Economic Affairs and Development, Principality of Liechtenstein. Liechtenstein is funding the research series and is a core donor to the Basel Institute's Green Corruption programme.

Wednesday 5 April will see the launch of a comprehensive new analysis of corruption and illegal logging in Ukraine. Juhani Grossmann, who leads the Basel Institute’s Green Corruption programme, explains what it covers and why the report comes at a crucial time for Ukraine and its partners.

The Follow-The-Money Working Group is part of a broader Countering Environmental Corruption Practitioners Forum created in late 2022 by a consortium of leading conservation and anti-corruption organisations: WWF, TRAFFIC, Transparency International and the Basel Institute on Governance. The Follow-The-Money Working Group is coordinated by the Basel Institute.

Membership is free and open to any professional working (or aspiring) to tackle the illicit finances of environmental criminals.

Malawi has taken another positive step towards protecting the country’s wildlife, forests and other natural resources from illegal exploitation facilitated by corrupt practices.  

Senior officers from Malawi’s main environmental and law enforcement agencies came together on 15-17 February 2023 for a three-day workshop led by the Basel Institute’s Green Corruption team. Together, the officers explored how to conduct systematic corruption risk assessments and develop targeted corruption risk mitigation plans for their agencies.

This virtual event focused on waste trafficking, a topic that receives little attention despite generating significant criminal proceeds (estimates suggest up to USD 12 billion per year). In addition to the financial costs, waste trafficking has enormous impacts for the environment, including from pollution or degradation, and inhibits development by fuelling corruption and poverty in some countries.