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Forests and Wildlife: Crime

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 126584, tabled on 21 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish (a) a timetable and (b) plans for taking forward the recommendations from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report entitled Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit Report: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Answered on

1 March 2022

We welcome this report and the fact that it recognises the UK's global leadership in fighting wildlife and forestry crime. We invited the UN to undertake this analysis and we are proud to be the first G7 country to request this assessment.

There is always more we can do to tackle wildlife crime and we will carefully consider all of the UN's recommendations to help us build on the positive progress we have already made. Defra is reviewing the assessment and will monitor action against the report’s recommendations where they apply to the UK government to identify where we can act with stakeholders to strengthen the UK’s approach.