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INTERPOL-UNEP International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

6 November 2013 | UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

Highlights for Wednesday, 6 November 2013

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Participant's view during opening plenary.

INTERPOL-UNEP
The First International Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference convened on 6 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. Convened by INTERPOL and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the meeting was attended by over 300 participants including national enforcement officials, government representatives, and representatives from non-governmental organizations, international organizations and civil society.

Over the course of the day, participants discussed: recent trends in and the impacts of violations of international environmental law, particularly on sustainable development and the implemention of agreed environmental goals; possible solutions to combat environmental crime; and the impact of new and existing tools in combatting these violations. They also discussed the outcomes and action points for the Conference.

During the opening session, Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, stressed the dramatic increase in wildlife poaching and illegal trade and said that poaching is a failure of both national systems and international cooperation. Jean Michel Louboutin, Executive Director, Police Services, INTERPOL, said that environmental crimes cannot be dealt with effectively unless law enforcement officials, governments, the private sector, experts and international organizations work together. Githu Muigai, Attorney General, Kenya, noted the unprecedented growth in wildlife poaching in Africa, driven by increasing demand for ivory and involving armed groups using sophisticated methods.

During the session on the trends and impacts of crime and other illicit activities against the environment, panelists highlighted that environmental crime undermines livelihoods and resource security. They noted the need for inter-sectoral coordination and urged addressing the drivers of demand for illicit goods.

During the session for identifying solutions and impacts, participants questioned how to: scale-up successful projects for decreasing environmental crime; change perceptions to decrease demand for certain goods; increase punitive measures for environmental crime; and harness the current interest in wildlife crime to address the issue.

Action points suggested by participants during the final session included, inter alia, capacity building, improving intelligence capabilities and increasing intelligence networks, developing operational tools and toolkits, setting priorities and identifying current and emerging threats, and standardizing planning.

The conference closed at 5.38pm.



Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General of the
United Nations and Executive Director, UNEP
Jean Michel Louboutin, Executive
Director, Police Services, INTERPOL

Githu Muigai, Attorney General of Kenya
Asha Tanna, Moderator

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Panel (L-R):  Steven Broad, Executive Director, TRAFFIC; Pauline Nyamweya, Kenya; Timo Makela, European Commission; and Patrick Omondi, Kenya Wildlife Service.

Steven Broad, Executive Director, TRAFFIC
Pauline Nyamweya, Kenya

Timo Makela, European Commission
Patrick Omondi, Kenya Wildlife Service


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John Murton, UK
Tiana Marc Maminiana, Madagascar

Mahmoud Al-Jair, Libya
Antoine Njiang, Cameroon


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Panel during the side event on Illegal Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) - Supporting Montreal Protocol Compliance through Cooperation and Enforcement


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Panel during the side event on Stolen Apes: Building an Illegal Trade Database for Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Orangutans and Bonobos

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Doug Cress, Programme Coordinator,
Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP)

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Panel (L-R):  Azzedine Downes, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW); Catherine Bearder, Member of the European Parliament; Phil Gawne, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, Isle of Man; Lasse Gustavsson, WWF International; and Ben Janse van Rensburg, CITES.

Azzedine Downes, IFAW
Catherine Bearder, Member of the European Parliament

Lasse Gustavsson, WWF International
Ben Janse van Rensburg, CITES

Phil Gawne, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, Isle of Man


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David Higgins, INTERPOL
Masa Nagai, UNEP

Asha Tanna, Moderator
Frans Geysels, Belgium

Andrew Lauterback, US
Paula Coelho, Angola

Hilde Solbakken, Norway
Bruno Manin, France

Lawrence Anukam, Nigeria
Assoumou Assoumou, Cotê d'Ivoire

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