Illicit trade in natural resources – including protected flora and fauna as well as illegally harvested and mined commodities such as timber, metals and stones – is likely to come into sharper focus after the UN’s adoption of the Kyoto Declaration on Advancing Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law.

Banks can help crackdown on illicit trade in natural resources through advanced trade-tracking technologies as the scale of environmental crimes is changing, now often involving highly organised transnational criminal organisations (TCOs).

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