Saturday, May 5, 2018

Environmental security

Smuggled timber, trafficked eels: Agencies ramp up against environmental crime

From smuggled timber to trafficked eels, policing agencies pledged on Friday (May 4) to ramp up their efforts to curb environmental crimes estimated to cost billions of dollars annually.
Europol, Europe's policing agency, and the Centre for Climate Crime Analysis (CCCA), a group of prosecutors and law enforcement officers that support the prosecution of "climate crimes" - signed a deal to cooperate more closely on criminal activities ranging from wildlife trafficking to illegal logging.
Environmental wrongdoing - the world's fourth most valuable criminal enterprise after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking - finances conflicts, threatens sustainable development, and undermines local land rights, according to the UN.

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