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Environmental and Nature Related Crimes Task Force

Coordinator: Hungary

Established: June 2009

Sub-group: Crimes against Cultural Heritage Goods ( The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

MAIN ACTIVITIES

2017

7th meeting of the Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force, 5th of April 2017, Bucharest/Romania
Meeting of Environment and Nature related Crimes Task Force

2016

6th Meeting of the Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force, 4th of October 2016, Bucharest/Romania
Meeting of Environment and Nature related Crimes Task Force

2015

Meeting of Environment and Nature related Crimes Task Force, 24 November 2015, Bucharest/ Romania
Meeting of Environment and Nature related Crimes Task Force

2014

4th Meeting of the Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force, 13 May 2014, Bucharest/ Romania
Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force Meeting

2013

3rd Meeting of the Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force, 24 April 2013, Bucharest/ Romania
Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force Meeting

2011

2nd Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force Meeting, 29-30 March, Budapest, Hungary
Environment and Nature Related Crimes Task Force Meeting

2010

The Sub-group Crimes against Cultural Heritage Goods, under the coordination of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was approved by the Joint Cooperation Committee, the high-decision body of SECI Center.

2009

1st Task Force Meeting on Environment and Nature Related Crimes, 26th November, Bucharest, Romania
First Meeting of Recently Established Task Force on Transborder Environment and Nature Related Crimes

Background

Crimes against the environment and nature (e.g. illegal shipment or dumping of waste, illegal emission of substances into air, water or soil, illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, illegal trade in wildlife) represent a serious threat to the public health and natural resources everywhere in the world, even here in the South-Eastern region of Europe.

In most of the cases, these illegal activities have a cross border aspect and very often organised criminality is behind them.

Illegal trafficking has turned certain animal and plant species into invaluable contraband, species grow rarer, prices grow higher; costs of legal deposition of waste are high, so illegal disposal results in savings; profits from illegal trade in protected species and illegal deposition of waste level with illegal income from drugs-trafficking. In this context, organised criminal groups are ready to exploit the advantages of high profit and low risk of detection.

As these activities cause serious damage, both to the environment and to the economy, and are penalized in the SECI Center's countries, Hungary proposed the establishing of a new Task Force to coordinate the regional efforts against combating these illegal acts, in particular,

  • Illegal trade of endangered species
  • Damaging nature by illegal hunting
  • Damage of water
  • Unlawful deposition of waste.

The decision of establishing the new Task Force was taken during the 30th JCC meeting, 2nd of June 2009.