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Session 4: Applying behavioural insights to fight green corruption
How behavioural approaches can complement interventions to fight illegal wildlife trade and environmental crimes.

Recent practice indicates the limits of solely adopting a legal approach to preventing and combatting green corruption. It requires adopting a holistic approach that complements well-designed rules, regulations and frameworks by seeking to understand what drives green corruption.

Engagement in illicit behaviour is not solely explained by individuals adopting rational cost-benefit calculations, thereby assessing risks versus personal rewards. Social norms related to reciprocity or the idea that “corruption is everywhere” may too be important drivers of illicit behaviour. Social norms and collectively held stereotypes and beliefs therefore equally influence and justify behaviour, whether legal or illegal in the eyes of the law.

Therefore, to be more effective in fighting illicit behaviours, it is important to account for behavioural elements. And these are not easily legislated away. Behavioural approaches can provide complementary tools to strengthen ongoing approaches and interventions to fight IWT and prevent environmental degradation.

This panel will explore how behavioural insights can be applied to complement and strengthen efforts aimed at tackling green corruption. It will discuss topics related to how to deal with the social acceptability of environmentally destructive behaviours, contradicting conventional wisdom about what spurs green corruption as well as exploring nudges that make it easier for individuals to make environmentally sound decisions.

Apr 14, 2021 01:00 PM in Zurich

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