Celebrating Earth Day ‒ INTERPOL reaffirms its commitment to environmental security
LYON, France ‒ As celebrated this Sunday 22 April, Earth Day is an opportunity for law enforcement to reassure the global community that it is working to address the extraordinary cost environmental crime can have on both the natural environment and citizens.
Earth Day is a reminder that every day represents an opportunity for the global law enforcement community and INTERPOL to focus on key environmental crime issues in the areas of fisheries, forestry, pollution and wildlife crime, in addition to emerging environmental threats.
INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme ‒ its dedicated structure for addressing environmental crime issues worldwide ‒ is assisting its 190 member countries in the effective enforcement of environmental laws and treaties.
The Programme is actively encouraging national authorities, current and potentials partners, and international organizations to work together to make the environment a less vulnerable target for criminal activities.
Mobilizing governments and stakeholders to translate their commitments into action on the ground, and bringing decision makers to one table, allows INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme to promote economic viability, social and political stability and improve public health through enhanced compliance and enforcement measures.
With important progress made by member countries in INTERPOL-led projects, and with established strategies to influence national and international policies, institutions and laws in recent years, new and more specific, targeted projects are taking shape:
- Project PREDATOR, which is designed to bring tiger range countries closer in their transnational activities and protect the remaining wild tigers, focuses on strategic operations and capacity building initiatives.
- Project LEAF (Law Enforcement Assistance for Forests), which was developed as a consortium climate initiative on combating illegal logging and organized crime against forests.
- Project WISDOM was created to support and enhance the governance and law enforcement capacity for the conservation of elephants and rhinoceros.
- And Project SCALE, currently under development, emerged from an identified need for a more systematic approach to deal with illegal fishing impacting on food availability and security.
Through these projects INTERPOL recognizes that now is the time for collective action.