Environmental crime is an estimated $247 billion illicit industry. We know that some of the world’s most nefarious actors, including transnational organized criminals and, in some instances, terrorists, have been implicated in environmental crime. Natural resource theft therefore poses serious threats to global peace and security. But, what really lies behind the 247-billion-dollar figure?
Number Crunch is here to answer just that: by tracking incidents of environmental crime across illegal fishing, logging, mining, and wildlife trafficking industry as they relate to U.S. national and global security. Our database looks specifically at the connections between resource theft and transnational organized crime, terrorism, and other geostrategic threats. Stay tuned for the release of the first segment of our database, illegal fishing, in Spring 2017.