ICCWC partners


ICCWC was formally established on 23 November 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia with the signing of a Letter of Understanding between the five organizations partner to the Consortium. United under the banner of ICCWC, these organizations form a unique pool of technical and programming expertise, presenting the opportunity for a novel approach to the multi-faceted challenge of wildlife crime.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. CITES establishes the legal framework and procedural mechanisms for the regulation of international trade in over 37,000 species of animals and plants, to ensure that international trade in wild fauna and flora is legal, sustainable and traceable.


INTERPOL is the world’s largest international criminal police organization, with 194 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police cooperation, and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime. This is done by providing a high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support such as targeted training, expert investigative support, specialized databases and secure police communications channels. INTERPOL’s General Secretariat has a Sub-Directorate devoted to Illicit Markets which includes the Environmental Security Programme.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and transnational organized crime. For the past two decades UNODC has been helping to make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. UNODC is active in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC’s Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime is the focal point for the organizations’ work in addressing environmental crimes and supports Member States in improving national, regional and international criminal justice and preventive responses to better tackle these crimes. 

The World Bank Group (WBG) is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to help developing countries around the world eradicate poverty and promote shared prosperity. The WBG is one of the largest providers of development assistance to combat environmental crimes and support countries in managing their natural resources more sustainably. The WBG helps countries through coordination efforts of the Global Wildlife Program, delivery of technical assistance on anti-money laundering, and support to the implementation of regional and country-specific investments to safeguard environment and natural resources and promote resilient rural economies.

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is the only intergovernmental organization exclusively focused on Customs matters. With its worldwide membership, the WCO is now recognized as the voice of the global Customs community. It is particularly noted for its work in areas covering the development of global standards, the simplification and harmonization of customs procedure, the facilitation of international trade, trade supply chain security, the enhancement of Customs enforcement and compliance activities, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, public-private partnerships, integrity promotion, and sustainable global Customs capacity building programmes.


Requests for ICCWC support and further information about ICCWC

Any request for ICCWC support or further information on ICCWC can be sent to the CITES Secretariat. The CITES Secretariat will communicate requests for support amongst ICCWC partners as appropriate and advise the requesting country on any further steps that may need to be taken.

The CITES Secretariat can be visited in person, or contacted by mail, phone or email at:

Physical Address
CITES Secretariat
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Mailing Address
CITES Secretariat
Palais des Nations
Avenue de la Paix 8-14
1211 Genève 10,
Tel: +41-(0)22-917-81-39/40
Fax: +41-(0)22-797-34-17