Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa: Economic Incentives and Approaches

Chris Vandome, Alex Vines

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The illegal wildlife trade (IWT) significantly impacts African economies by destroying and corroding natural, human and social capital stocks. This hinders the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has an impact on national budgets. Illicit financial flows from IWT deny revenue to governments where legal wildlife product trade exists and perpetuate cash externalization. IWT diverts national budgets away from social or development programmes, increases insecurity and threatens vulnerable populations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherChatham House
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)978178413 297 2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • IWT
  • Southern Africa
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Namibia


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