Skip to content

Criminal justice response to wildlife crime in Thailand A Rapid Assessment

Thailand is a country rich in biological diversity, and home to unique and rare species of flora and fauna including the iconic tiger and Asian elephant. In Thailand – as elsewhere – there is a constant battle between conservation and development. Habitat loss, poaching and trafficking, human-wildlife conflict, and domestic use of wildlife has impacted heavily on many of Thailand’s native plant and animal species, including those afforded protection under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). These include high-value timber species such as Dalbergia cochinchinensis commonly known as Siamese Rosewood (Appendix II) and fauna species such as the Indochinese and Malayan Tiger (Appendix I), Leopard (Appendix I), Clouded Leopard (Appendix I), Elephant (Appendix I), Sun Bear (Appendix I) and Sunda Pangolin (Appendix I).

The objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of the criminal justice system response to wildlife crime, given the role of Thailand as a source, transit and destination for CITES-protected flora and fauna. The research is based on a field visit to Thailand, a review of the available primary and secondary data, and interviews with key interlocutors from the government agencies. Interviews were mainly conducted with key players of the criminal justice system such as prosecutors, police, customs and environment/forestry officials involved in law enforcement. Wherever possible, interviews were conducted at the level of departmental head or deputy.

Data Resources (1)

Data Resource Preview - Criminal justice response to wildlife crime in Thailand a rapid response

Additional Info

Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Environmental and biodiversity protection
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Thailand
Copyright Yes
Access and use constraints

Copyright © United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, June 2017. Please ensure correct attribution to the UNODC.

Version / Edition 1
License unspecified

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Southeast Asia and the Pacific United Nations Building, 3rd floor, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand Tel. (66-2) 288-2100 Fax. (66-2) 281-2129

Co-author (coorporate) UnUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crimeited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Publication place Bangkok, Thailand
Publisher United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Publication date 2017
Pagination 51
Keywords Habitat loss,poaching and trafficking,human-wildlife conflict
Date uploaded July 9, 2018, 11:35 (UTC)
Date modified September 12, 2018, 08:54 (UTC)