Serge Michel, born in Switzerland in 1969, is a reporter-at-large for Le Monde and Chief Editor for the project Le Monde Afrique. Michel has worked as a journalist in Switzerland, Iran, the Balkans and Africa. In 2001, he won the Albert Londres Prize, France's most prestigious journalistic award, for his work in Iran.
Nearly 34,000 major environmental crimes were detected worldwide in 2011. Five reporters set off to investigate five criminal networks of so-called "eco-mafias", which deliberately destruct the natural environment for personal profit.