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10 marzo 2017

INTERPOL programme to combat financial crimes in forestry sector launched in Indonesia

BALIKPAPAN, Indonesia – INTERPOL has launched a series of training courses in Indonesia on combating crimes in the forestry sector.

The first training session on illegal logging, land encroachment and related financial crimes brought together 42 law enforcement officers, financial, anti-corruption and forestry crime investigators, judges and prosecutors from across Indonesia.

The four-day (7-10 March) course – organized by INTERPOL’s Financial Crimes unit and the US Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training – tackled issues including illegal logging, sustainable land use and corruption in the forestry sector.

Topics discussed included using satellite and other technology to combat forestry crimes, conducting financial investigations, asset tracing and recovery, and digital evidence collection and preservation. In addition, the participants visited Sungai Wain National Park to see first-hand how a multi-agency approach is key to investigating forestry crimes.

The training programme was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the US Department of State. The programme is part of a three-year INTERPOL project to combat forestry crimes through the use of financial investigations.

The project was formally launched at INTERPOL’s Conference on Financial Crimes and Corruption related to the Forestry Sector in December 2016, held at the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore. More than 50 participants from 11 countries in the region and international organizations came together to create a network of investigators and build their awareness and commitment for the use of anti-money laundering and anti-corruption legislation in combating forestry crimes.