- Achim Steiner: Value of environmental crime growing at a rate up to three times that of global economy
- Sheer extent of environmental crime means we cannot solve this problem overnight, he says
Achim Steiner is executive director for the United Nations Environment Programme. The views expressed are the writer's own.
(CNN)The ramshackle corrugated roofs that shelter the Benfica Market in Angola stand in stark contrast to the ordered rows of gleaming ivory trinkets on the tables underneath. The trinkets are carved from tusks taken from the carcasses of elephants killed for their ivory.