Organized Crime in Wildlife Further Fuels Conflict in Eastern DR Congo

30th Apr 2015 Home, Press Releases

Organized crime and the illegal trade in natural resources continues to increasingly fuel the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) , according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners.

The Government of DR Congo, supported by the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) – the largest UN peacekeeping mission with 20,000 uniformed personnel – is confronting not only a political insurgency but an increasing number of illegal operations conducted by militarized criminal groups with transnational links involved in large-scale smuggling and laundering of natural resources.