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01 December 2015

INTERPOL holds environmental security seminar in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia – INTERPOL held a National Environmental Security Seminar in Colombia, with a focus on the identification of transnational criminal networks engaged in environmental crime.

The three-day (25-27 November) event gathered some 65 participants from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Criminal Investigative Division, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bogota, the Navy, the Ministry of Justice, the national police, the Autoridad Nacional de Acuicultura y Pesca, Autonomous Regional Corporations, and the Secretaria Distrital de Ambiente.

During the seminar, the participants discussed strategies to fight forestry, fisheries, wildlife and pollution-related crimes. The importance of increasing operational and investigative cooperation in order to enhance judicial prosecution responses was highlighted, as was the need for institutionalized intelligence exchange amongst all agencies involved in environmental matters.

The meeting was opened by Dr Pablo Vieira Samper, Representative Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development.

The event concluded with the creation of a National Environmental Security Steering Committee under the umbrella of NCB Colombia to ensure access to tactical support and INTERPOL’s policing capabilities. The steering committee will serve as a platform to share knowledge and experiences related to the identification of environmental criminal networks damaging the country’s natural resources.