Sudan police host INTERPOL National Environment Security Seminar
KHARTOUM, Sudan – Law enforcement agencies in Sudan have gathered to demonstrate their commitment to combating environmental crime by holding an INTERPOL National Environment Security Seminar (NESS) in Khartoum.
The NESS, hosted by Sudan’s police authorities, was attended by seven Sudanese government and law enforcement agencies as well as officials from INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau in Nairobi and its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.
Sudanese government representatives highlighted the need to reduce demand for illicit products by addressing the root causes of environmental crime including through awareness campaigns aimed at consumers as well as rural populations living close to protected areas.
Underlining the commitment of Sudanese police to environmental issues, Lt. Major General Awad Alneil Dahia commended INTERPOL’s role in fighting crime worldwide, and welcomed its decision to hold the environmental security in Sudan for the first time. He said he looked forward to the formation of a National Environmental Security Taskforce with INTERPOL’s support.
Sudanese police Col. Adooma Hazim, from INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau in Nairobi, said the workshop represented one of INTERPOL’s efforts to help member countries combat and reduce environmental crime through enhanced implementation of related laws and treaties.
Critical issues such as transnational organized crime, ivory and wildlife trafficking, illegal fishing, water pollution and illegal logging were discussed during the event. Topics also included the economic, ecological and security impacts of environmental crime.
Representatives from INTERPOL’s Environmental Security unit at the seminar highlighted its continued assistance to Sudanese law enforcement authorities through analytical and investigative support against transnational ivory trafficking.