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30 August 2013

INTERPOL hosts delegation from United Kingdom environmental agencies

LYON, France – INTERPOL has hosted officials from UK environmental agencies to promote further collaboration with the world police body and to review the global tools and services INTERPOL provides to its 190 member countries.

Representing the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Border Policing Command, National Wildlife Crime Unit, United Kingdom Border Force, Maritime and Coast Guard Agency, Marine Management Organization and Environment Agency UK, the officials met with INTERPOL’s specialized Criminal Intelligence Analysis, Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting, Operational Police Support and Environmental Crime units.

The UK delegation also included officials from INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Manchester.

The officials visited INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre and familiarized themselves with INTERPOL’s I-24/7 global police communication system which connects law enforcement officers across all of INTERPOL’s member countries.

With the visit aiming to improve communication and collaboration between the UK agencies and INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme, officials reviewed opportunities for enhanced cooperation on key areas such as fisheries crimes, illegal trafficking of e-waste, oil spills in marine environments and other forms of pollution crime.

An important outcome of the visit was the proposal to initiate a National Environmental Security Seminar (NESS) in the UK. The purpose of a NESS is to bring together national experts and decision-makers responsible for environmental compliance and enforcement in order to forge a multi-agency cooperative and coordinated approach to combating national and global environmental crime. A NESS is designed to lead to the establishment of a National Environmental Security Task Force.

Talks also included the first Executive Level Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Meeting and associated events at the United Nations Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, later this year (4-8 November). The meeting will bring together executive leaders from around the world to develop strategies on enhancing national and international responses to environmental compliance and enforcement.