Enforcement Training

How to identify Forest Crime

The illegal trade and exploitation in flora, such as illegal logging, has been estimated to represent a value of 30–100 billion USD annually. This equals 10–30% of the total global timber trade.  An estimated 50–90% of the wood in some tropical countries is suspected to come from illegal sources or has been logged illegally.  In addition to the illegal trade in harvested wild plants for ornamental and medicinal purposes.

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PROSECUTION UPON ARREST OF A SUSPECT

  1. Secure the outer crime scene from contamination by you, your colleagues or other bystanders. Park any vehicle at least 100 m away. Do not move anything.
  2. Take photographs.
  3. Prepare a sketch of the crime scene showing the precise location and relationship between objects and evidence.
  4. Record any footprints, footwear or incriminating signs revealing what happened OR that link suspects to the crime scene.
  5. Collect or seize any item you consider relevant to the crime scene, preferably using a pencil, glove or stick. Place items in separate bags or folded sheets of paper.
  6. Prepare a short report or write down keywords while at the site including anything of relevance that can be counted, e.g. tracks, seized items (weapons, ammo, cutting items, wildlife parts, bags of coal or logs), and people present – along with the date, time, estimated time passed since the criminal action, time you spent at crime scene, location description and/or coordinates. Ensure that the information collected is sufficient for locating the site at a later time.