Transnational Environmental Crime in the Asia-Pacific: Characteristics and Key Issues

Following the Proceeds of Environmental Crime

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Lorraine Elliott

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Published in Gregory Rose (ed.), Following the Proceeds of Environmental Crime: Forests, Fish and Filthy Lucre, Abingdon: Routledge, 2014, pp. 15-27.

Transnational environmental crime (TEC) is one of the fastest growing areas of criminal activity, globally worth billions of dollars.It is also an issue of increasing interest to the community of practice and scholars interested in transnational crime more generally. This chapter examines the growing ‘transnationality’ of environmental crime with a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific. It identifies the key characteristics of this form of illegal activity, provides a brief overview of some of the main impacts of TEC on environmental integrity, governance, communities, and economies, sketches the range of TEC activities in the Asia-Pacific, and examines and evaluates multi-scale governance responses. It concludes with some thoughts about a policy and research agenda to increase our knowledge about TEC globally and in the Asia-Pacific.

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