Wildlife Crime: Transboundary Cooperation

From 28 to 30 June 2022 at the invitation of WWF-Ukraine, representatives of the Department for Specialized Training and Canine Services of the State Customs Service (Department) joined the European seminar on tackling wildlife crime virtually, as well as representatives of European countries attended the event, which was held in Madrid (Kingdom of Spain), on site. 

The event was organized with the support of representatives of EUFJE (European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment), European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment,United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Central Office for the Fight against Environmental Damage and Public Health (OCLAESP), International Council for Bird Preservation (Birdlife) as part of an international project “Successful wildlife crime prosecution in Europe” (LIFE SWiPE).

The purpose of the seminar is to strengthen cooperation, interaction and cooperation in the prevention and effective investigation of wildlife crimes, strengthening the cooperation of law enforcement and nature protection authorities at the national and international levels.

The seminar addressed a range of issues to discuss: 

  • Interagency cooperation in Europe among enforcement authorities. How do the EMPACT priorities work?
  • Wildlife crime prosecution in Europe – results in 11 countries in the framework of the LIFE SWIPE project (WWF-Romania)
  • Species value assessment and environmental damage determination (CIEDA-CIEMAT).
  • Reducing impunity in cases related to wildlife crimes.

During one of the speeches, as a sign of support for Ukraine in resisting russian aggression, the European community demonstrated a symbolic image of a bird in the colors of the national flag of our country with wishes for peace. Thanks for supporting our country!

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