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Environmental Crimes Threaten Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: Report

Dec. 12, 2016, 4:10 PM

Environmental crimes are threatening peace and security in sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 40 percent of internal conflicts linked to natural resources, according to a report from Interpol and the United Nations Environment Program.

Proceeds from environmental crimes are financing rebel groups in the Congo Basin and the Greater Horn of Africa, especially in Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, said the report.

‘Competition for Natural Resources’

“Currently, the cost of environmental crime is conservatively estimated to be worth US$258 billion, or about twice the amount of global official ...

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