Last Updated: Monday, 07 September 2009, 05:13 GMT
"Land grabbing" and trading in fake carbon credits could be the new faces of organised eco-crime, campaigners investigating illegal activities against wildlife have warned.
The Environment Investigation Agency said demand for land for uses such as growing biofuels was beginning to lead to illegal land grabs involving bribery, coercion and exploitation of poor communities.
And the growth in carbon trading - in which polluters pay to support low-carbon projects to "offset" their emissions - could lead to many fraudulent permits being sold, the agency's head of campaigns Julian Newman said.
The problem could be made worse if funding to protect forests in poor countries is included in a new global climate change deal struck in