Project Best Practice - Responses to Wildlife Crime in Post-Colonial Times. Who Fares Best?

27 Jun 2020

Sollund, R.A., & Runhovde, S.R. (2020). British Journal of Criminology


This recommended article is based on the perspective of ‘Green Criminology’ research:  Wildlife crime is an increasing problem worldwide. Ragnhild Aslaug Sollund from the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo and Siv Rebekka Runhovde from the Department of Research, The Norwegian Police University College, examine in this article, based on empirical research, how the criminal justice systems of Brazil, Colombia, Uganda and Norway perceive and respond to such crimes, with Norway as the main case study and basis for comparison.

Norway enjoys a reputation as a leading country in environmental politics. For instance, the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative aims to reduce deforestation in countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania, and halt climate change and global warming.

While the general assumption is that Northern countries are more ‘developed’ in their response to environmental problems, Sollund and Runhove argue that Norway, despite its economic resources and international profile as a supporter of environmental protection, is failing to confront illegal trade in - and protection of - endangered species nationally.

They propose that these Southern countries have developed more tools in terms of legislation, enforcement, awareness and wildlife protection, and that Northern countries have expectations regarding conservation in Southern countries that they themselves neglect.

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May-Britt V.R. Ronnebro, Secretary General