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Biodiversity as a Source of Crime and Business: Illegal Species Trafficking

Sofia Falcão and Mateus Andrade, Portugal, 15-18 years

Wildlife trafficking endangers the survival of many animal and plant species, leading to loss of biodiversity and threatening the balance of ecosystems. In recent years, wildlife trafficking has reached unprecedented levels and the global demand for wild fauna and flora and derived products has continued to increase. In addition, the low risk of detention and the high financial compensation increasingly attract organized crime, which uses profits to finance militias and terrorist groups. The timeliness and relevance of this problem and the need to inform and sensitize civil society, motivated 2 students of the 8th year to make a report on this subject.

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