INTERPOL holds environmental security seminar in Colombia

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Hugh Paxton’s blog welcomes Interpol’s continued involvement in Colombia. Drugs we know about. Perhaps less well known is that this wonderful, if turbulent, South American nation is the second richest in the world in terms of biodiversity.

From: Environmental Crime [mailto:environmentalcrime@interpol.int]
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 8:16 PM
Subject: INTERPOL holds environmental security seminar in Colombia

INTERPOL holds environmental security seminar in Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia – INTERPOL held a National Environmental Security Seminar in Colombia, with a focus on the identification of transnational criminal networks engaged in environmental crime.

The three-day (25-27 November) event gathered some 65 participants from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Criminal Investigative Division, the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) in Bogota, the Navy, the Ministry of Justice, the national police, the Autoridad Nacional de Acuicultura y Pesca, Autonomous Regional Corporations, and the Secretaria Distrital de Ambiente.

During the seminar, the participants discussed strategies to fight forestry, fisheries, wildlife and pollution-related crimes. The importance of increasing operational and investigative cooperation in order to enhance judicial prosecution responses was highlighted, as was the need for institutionalized intelligence exchange amongst all agencies involved in environmental matters.

The meeting was opened by Dr Pablo Vieira Samper, Representative Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development.

The event concluded with the creation of a National Environmental Security Steering Committee under the umbrella of NCB Colombia to ensure access to tactical support and INTERPOL’s policing capabilities. The steering committee will serve as a platform to share knowledge and experiences related to the identification of environmental criminal networks damaging the country’s natural resources.

INTERPOL lleva a cabo un Seminario de Seguridad Medioambiental en Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia – INTERPOL llevó a cabo un Seminario de Seguridad Medioambiental en Colombia, con énfasis en el desmantelamiento de redes criminales involucradas en delitos ambientales.

El evento de tres días (25-27 de Noviembre) contó con la participación de alrededor 65 representantes del Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible, Dirección de Investigación Criminal, Oficina Central Nacional de INTERPOL en Colombia, Armada Nacional, la Fiscalía General de la Nación, Policía Nacional, la Autoridad Nacional de Acuicultura y Pesca, Corporaciones Autónomas Regionales y la Secretaría Distrital de Ambiente.

Durante el Seminario se discutieron estrategias para combatir los delitos relacionados con los temas forestales, pesqueros, de flora y fauna silvestre y contaminación del aire y suelo. La importancia de incrementar la cooperación operativa, pero también investigativa, para incrementar la acción judicial fue resaltada, pero también la necesidad de institucionalizar el intercambio de inteligencia entre las autoridades involucradas en asuntos ambientales.

El Doctor Pablo Vieira Samper, Ministro de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible Encargado, dio apertura al evento.

El evento concluyó con la creación de un Comité Rector en materia de Seguridad Medioambiental, bajo el marco de INTERPOL Colombia para garantizar apoyo táctico y el acceso a sus capacidades policiales. Este Comité Provisional servirá como foro para intercambiar conocimientos y experiencias sobre las redes criminales involucradas en temas ambientales que afectan los recursos naturales del país.

Best regards,

Environmental Crime Programme

Environmental Security Sub-Directorate

INTERPOL General Secretariat
200 Quai Charles de Gaulle

69006 Lyon, France

E:environmentalcrime

www.interpol.int/crime-areas/environmental-crime/

Twitter @INTERPOL_EC

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