The amswer is very simple we need to care because it is our future and the future of generations to follow , if we do not act now it may be too late , we are killing the planet by letting big corporations making more money, capitalism lost it’s way and benefits few billionairs while killing the population .
It is a crime but we are all ofenders there for we can not procecute the population neither the billionaires because we are all to blame, stop blaming the governments why they have not taking actions but we have to do it all together. We have more chances to act like a group rather than individuals and that is a hard thing to do.
If some problem is not on our door step we hardly respond to it but we have to change the way we think about the planet, we have one common ground and we have to protect not only the planet but ourselves and the childrens future. When environmental disaster happens anywhere in the world the effects matter for all of us , you may not feel the effect today or tomorrow but in few years time you /we will.
The eco groups protest about the harms but they can do this much they need our help only then we may see diference , some groups may break some laws but the thing is the government broke the law by not protectig us so why don’t we as well?
Law enforcement investigations across the EU show that there is an organised crime component behind most environmental crime schemes, which are often fronted by legal business ventures.
At Europol, we’ve also seen a sharp increase in the number of cross-border cases. For this reason, a coordinated investigative approach is necessary, and Europol is well-positioned to support national authorities in tackling this growing challenge.
Environmental crime covers a range of activities that breach environmental legislation and cause significant harm or risk to the environment, human health, or both. These offences can include, but are not limited to the:
Ref: PEW Trend Magazine
Over recent decades, technological invention has allowed us to see more of the world, and its breathtaking biodiversity, than we ever imagined.
Anyone with a good internet connection can now virtually visit the endangered gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the elephants of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, and the rainforest of the Amazon.
Yet these same technologies that bring our eyes to nearly every corner of the planet also provide capacity to criminals who seek the high profit and low-risk nature of environmental crime.
In fact, illicit environmental activities, such as wildlife crime, illegal exploitation of the world’s wild flora and fauna, and even new methods such as carbon trade and water management crime, have grown and are currently estimated to be worth up to $258 billion annually.
And there is evidence that environmental crimes frequently converge with other serious crimes, such as human and drug trafficking, counterfeiting, cybercrime, and corruption.
Environmental crime therefore presents a challenge that requires both high-tech invention and highly collaborative coordination. Global policymakers, law enforcement, and local communities must partner across multiple means and methods to put knowledge to purpose in order to strengthen environmental security worldwide.
In short, as criminals become more ingenious, law enforcement also has to become more inventive.
Every meaningful effort to fight environmental crime begins with monitoring and communications, and technology has enhanced both the techniques and the tools available to the global community in this domain.
A wide range of technology now allows us to scan across land and sea by using satellites, aerial drones, remote trigger systems that initiate cameras or other monitoring and security measures, thermal imaging cameras, and radio frequency identification.
All this data can be collected and shared via secure information networks that allow local, national, and international law enforcement teams to analyze, communicate, and act to generate leads and disrupt the organized networks that profit from environmental crime.
In fact, global partnerships are where the fight against environmental crime turn from high tech to highly personal.
Another example is the Hua Li 8, a Chinese-flagged vessel that was suspected of illegal fishing within the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone in February 2016.
When confronted by the Argentine authorities, the vessel ignored authorities and refused to stop, fleeing into neighboring waters and onto the high seas.
Interpol issued a “Purple Notice,” which asks member countries to seek or provide information on the methods and activities of a criminal, and other countries helped track the vessel as it traveled across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The AIS, which helps ships avoid collisions through the electronic exchange of data with nearby vessels, coast guard stations, and satellites, also allowed international officials monitoring the Hua Li 8 to track it across the high seas.
In collaboration with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ project to end illegal fishing and Satellite Applications Catapult’s “Eyes on the Seas” technology, the Hua Li 8’s signal was tracked until the ship was intercepted by the Indonesian Navy.
Technology also played a role in ensuring evidence was available to document the Hua Li’s illegal fishing.
National enforcement agents, with the support of Interpol, were able to collect digital evidence from the vast array of electronic devices onboard, which led to a treasure trove of data on the ship’s movements and communications that will undoubtedly lead law enforcement to other potential criminal networks that operate in a similar fashion.
In Kenya, another monitoring advancement can be seen in a project called tenBoma, which is led by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Kenya Wildlife Service.
Taking its name from a Kenyan community policing philosophy, Nyumba Kumi, which means “10 houses” in Swahili, the project combines high-tech data analysis, Kenyan national security operations, and community anti-poaching initiatives to stop poachers who are hunting wildlife such as elephants and rhinos.
This multifaceted approach and community-led effort taps technologies such as geographical tracking to identify routes, DNA analysis to determine origin, and chemical isotope analysis to establish the age of individual species.
Today, technological invention makes it possible for us to do more to protect the planet than ever before
When it comes to the front-line fight against environmental crime, training remains a fundamental element of effective enforcement. While digital forensics, drones, and databases are the inventions that receive attention,
it is the ranger, operator, or officer who must be able to connect the digital dots to capture environmental criminals with the right evidence to shut down an operation or network.
Today, training takes many forms: from basic computer training to help front-line officers use new technologies, to training in digital forensics, evidence removal, and handling.
The international community works together to harness the expertise of the private sector and governments to strengthen our response to environmental crime and help protect the planet.
Likewise, other international policy, development, and non-governmental organizations play vital roles, offering on-the-ground training and support to local communities, providing funding for countries to strengthen their internal resources and capacity, and developing networks of partners who work together to monitor and enforce environmental rule of law.
In fact, global partnerships are where the fight against environmental crime turns from high tech to highly personal.
Good communication and collaboration between global agencies and policymakers are vital but equally so are the relationships between country and local representatives, including tribal leaders and elected officials, and the public.
Regular and sustained communication and information sharing are essential so that policymakers can inform and interest their constituents—ensuring public support and aiding monitoring and enforcement.
There are many strong examples of the power of partnership at play in fighting environmental crime today.
Kenya’s tenBoma is one, but there are many partnerships that Interpol and other international organizations have developed, including with private firms that provide cyber security and digital forensics solutions, which can be implemented globally
Ref: United Nations
“Our world is at a tipping point. Protecting people and planet represents one of the greatest and most urgent challenges we face.
Organized crime poses a major threat to our environment, with organized criminal groups around the world engaging in wildlife trafficking, crimes in the fisheries sector, waste trafficking and illegal mining, among other illicit activities.
This exploitation has a serious impact on our ecosystems, on our national security, and on the lives of millions of people who depend on these natural resources for their livelihoods.”
The Environment Team of the UNODC Border Management Branch assists Member States to prevent and respond to crimes that affect the environment such as wildlife and forest crime, crimes in the fisheries sector, illegal mining, and trafficking in precious metals and waste.
Crimes that affect the environment are serious organized crime with far-reaching impacts for the economy, security, the environment, and human health, contributing to biodiversity loss and climate change.
UNODC’s efforts to address these crimes contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,.
The majority of environmental crime actors are opportunistic legal business owners/operators who decide to increase their chances of profit by establishing a criminal venture.
These networks are mainly composed of low-level associates who operate under the command of few leaders, and are located far from the criminal activities.
For the laundering of the illicit proceeds, criminals mainly use the same legal businesses in which they operate (i.e. waste management businesses, retail stores, fishing companies, etc.).
Document fraud, abuse of discrepancies in legislation and widespread corruption are the cornerstones of the environmental crime infrastructure.
EU criminal networks are increasingly targeting central and eastern Europe to traffic illicit waste produced in Western Europe.
Outside of the EU, European traffickers mainly target South-East Asia as a destination for illicit plastic waste and end-of life vessels, and Africa for waste of electric and electronic equipment.
The EU functions as a hub for global wildlife trafficking. It is the main destination for trafficked wildlife but it is also a point of origin for endemic wildlife trafficked to other continents.
The waste related to the production of synthetic drugs and of synthetic drug precursors is one of the principal sources of environmental damage linked to organised crime in the EU.
EU fraudsters increasingly offer attractive investments on projects related to the preservation of the environment (green investments), persuading victims to invest in ‘sustainable funds’.
Criminal networks also exploit energy certificate systems and emission trading schemes and this fraudulent activity is set to increase.
One of the main challenges for law enforcement remains the identification of the criminal networks behind environmental offences.
A large part of the environmental crime activities are carried out by legal businesses, making these offences less visible. The businesses are often rapidly opened and dissolved and commercial routes frequently change.
This indicates the adaptability of the criminal networks and their tendency to use innovative schemes to conceal their operations
Europol’s report goes into depth on the main typologies of environmental crimes investigated in the EU, namely waste and pollution crimes, wildlife trafficking, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, forestry crimes and the illegal pet trade.
A special focus is paid to climate change, which functions as a push and pull factor for organised crime.
The increasing scarcity of natural resources will likely trigger organised crime interests in terms of profit over their future allocation.
This may sound like a Hollywood version of a military campaign until you consider how common it has become for global agencies and organizations to work together using technological inventions to pursue environmental criminals.
Take the challenge of tracking illegally sourced timber, which makes up the biggest portion of the annual cost of environmental crime at an estimated $152 billion.
Years ago, this type of environmental crime was incredibly difficult to detect unless someone witnessed illegal forestry activity and monitored the supply chain.
Today, tactics such as DNA analysis and stable isotope analysis—which helps identify the geographic origin of trees—have given rise to more sophisticated approaches and successful seizes of illegally sourced timber.
The story of the Yacu Kallpa cargo ship is a good example. The Yacu Kallpa routinely traveled with timber from Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon, to Houston, often making multiple trips each year.
In 2016, following a detainment by United States authorities of 71 shipping containers from the vessel, which contained more than 3.8 million pounds of potentially illegally sourced timber, law enforcement agencies
in multiple countries, and at international organizations such as Interpol and the World Customs Organization, began monitoring the ship.
An investigation by Peru’s authorities determined that 90 percent of the load of timber—1.2 million cubic meters—leaving Iquitos on the vessel was harvested illegally.
Law enforcement efforts began. Authorities monitored signals from the ship’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) to track its progress, and Brazilian authorities confirmed that the illegal timber was onboard after briefly detaining the ship.
When it reached Tampico, Mexico, local authorities confiscated some of the timber, which they confirmed was illegal.
While these technological advances are helping the global environmental community strengthen communications and monitoring, technology cannot be considered in isolation from those who use it.
It is important to identify the most effective and suitable tools for the wide range of threats dealt with by law enforcement, but these tools also require skilled officers and professionals to maximize their potential.
Another key consideration is to ensure that all legal aspects, including protection of human rights, are addressed before a new technology or equipment is introduced to the law enforcement arena.
In that regard, enforcement technologies and tactics have evolved considerably, but we need to ensure that the right tools are in the hands of those who need it most.
Front-line tactical level officers require access to tools that provide the right information so they can make safe enforcement interventions and harvest the evidence that is ever increasingly electronic in nature.
Front-line tactical responses might mean providing support to rangers and law enforcement officers working in difficult or dangerous areas, such as the jungle,
through the use of drones with thermal imaging cameras, range finders, or light-intensifying binoculars.
Poachers are likely to have access to these modern technologies, and we need to equip those fighting crime with the same tools to effectively enforce the rule of law and protect vulnerable areas and species.
As we look to the future, we know that advances in technology will act as a catalyst and have the potential to significantly contribute to progress toward global law enforcement goals and protect the rule of law.
Yet we must marry technological invention and evolution with the fundamental elements of communication, partnership, and public education in order to be successful.
No one tech tool can solve global environmental crime, just as no one country or organization can.
As environmental crime has grown, so has the recognition that nations must consider environmental security in line with national and economic security, and seek to protect environmental quality, natural resources, and biodiversity.
Today, technological invention makes it possible for us to do more to protect the planet than ever before.
We have the capacity and capability to thwart environmental crime, and working together, we can apply practical knowledge, innovation, and aspiration to solve global environmental challenges and strengthen security