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INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Events 2013

Main Events

INTERPOL - UNEP International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference

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The INTERPOL – UNEP conference, on 6 November 2013, brought together executive leaders from around the world to design a joint international strategy to tackle environmental crime.

Cooperation between intergovernmental organizations, as well as the environmental enforcement actions of focus for the international community in the coming years, were the main topics of discussion during the conference.

INTERPOL and UNEP recognize that only by working together, with common objectives, will we truly have an impact on the activities of the individuals, networks and companies that illegally exploit our shared environment, biodiversity and natural resources.

Outcome

1st Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) Meeting

The ECEC meeting, from 7 to 8 November 2013, brought together executive leaders from around the world to design and develop strategies to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our national and international responses to environmental compliance and enforcement.

The objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Consider issues associated with communication and networking between governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector;
  • Explore mechanisms to expedite the exchange and maximize the storage of data, information and intelligence for the benefit of the global law enforcement community;
  • Enhance collaboration surrounding transnational investigations and operational actions.

Working Group meetings

Three Working Group meetings were held in parallel with the ECEC meeting:

  • 24th Meeting of the INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group
  • 18th Meeting of the INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group
  • 2nd Meeting of the INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group
    Final report

The working groups met to discuss current projects and plan future activities that will help tackle the threats facing their respective disciplines. They were then invited to present their recommendations for the consideration of the ECEC.

More broadly, the meetings considered a range of current and emerging threats being experienced around the world with regard to the environment, biodiversity and natural resources.

Additional Special Events
  • Crime Scene Investigation, Wildlife DNA & Other Forensic Tools
    7 November 2013
    Presentations on developments in DNA-related services and their application to wildlife law enforcement.
    Agenda

 

  • Organized Crime in the Waste Industry
    7 November 2013
    Countries were invited to present on experiences with organized crime in various waste streams. The development of a toolkit was explored to assist the global law enforcement community in identifying and effectively tackling organized crime in the waste sector.
    Agenda

 

  • Workshop on Fugitive Investigative Support and Operation INFRA-RED
    8 November 2013
    This workshop wasdesigned to introduce participants to fugitive investigative support tools and explore the possibility of using these tools to develop an environmental fugitive investigative support network. Operation Infra-Red (International Fugitive Round-up and Arrest – Red Notice) is an annual INTERPOL initiative to locate and arrest serious long-term international fugitives. Operation Infra-Red 2012 was launched on 14 May, and focuses on more than 500 fugitives wanted by 57 member countries.

 

  • Forest Law Enforcement Workshop
    8 November 9.00-17.00
    Forestry experts shared their experiences of forest crime and discussed global strategies to combat illegal logging and forest crime.
    Agenda
    Presentations
Background

Each country’s biodiversity and natural resources are an important part of its economic well-being and security, but are continuously threatened by overexploitation from criminal and unlawful elements. Consequently, INTERPOL and UNEP are working together to enhance environmental compliance and enforcement which will have a positive impact on these global concerns.

Together we acknowledge that, in order to maintain environmental security, we need to invest in current activities, develop innovative strategies and ensure their efficient implementation.

In 2012, during the 1st International Chiefs of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Summit, 230 delegates from 70 countries and international bodies recognized the need for the evolution of the existing INTERPOL Environmental Crime Committee in order to address these issues.

This newly structured committee, known as the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) will seek engagement from executive leaders for environmental compliance and enforcement and will work as a permanent INTERPOL environmental executive level steering committee.