DOTCOM Waste Project Introduces New Waste Library

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library-1147815_640DOTCOM Waste, an EU-funded project set up to develop tools to counter the illegal management and trade of waste, today announced the launch of the DOTCOM Waste Library.  This publically available resource is a compilation of information, data and tools, related to the challenges encountered by authorities when investigating, prosecuting and detecting illegal waste cases, and on good practices in use around the world to fight this phenomenon.  Interested stakeholders are being invited to contribute to the library via the online form.

In addition, as part of the data gathering stage of the project, interviews are being carried out to identify the needs and good practices for detecting, investigating and prosecuting waste crime activities from those directly involved.  Again, all interested parties can submit their feedback via the online questionnaire. This activity aims to build upon and expand the extensive data collection and analysis carried out in recent complimentary projects such as the EU-funded FP7 CWIT project, Peron-in-the-Port (PiP project), the African Ports Environment Initiative (APEI), etc.

Based on both the information collected via the DOTCOM Library and interviews with those on the front line of waste crime, a comprehensive risk analysis will be performed to identify the key activities that need to be prioritised to tackle this problem more effectively.

Commenting on the initiative, project manager for DOTCOM Waste, and Associate Program Officer with the United Nations University, Federico Magalini said “We are really excited about being able to provide the DOTCOM Waste Library as a central repository for stakeholders.

“There is a lot of great information out there and DOTCOM Waste wants to facilitate and promote the exchange of good practices. We’re not looking to reinvent what’s already available, but to combine and analyse existing resources, find out what’s working and offer the most relevant tools in order to give practical help to those involved in the fight.”

The overall objective of the DOTCOM Waste project is to increase the capabilities of law enforcement agencies, customs and port authorities, environmental agencies, and prosecutors to fight cross-border waste crime more cost effectively.

DOTCOM Waste is funded by the European Commission Directorate-General Migration and Home Affairs under Grant Agreement Number HOME/2014/ISFP/AG/EFCE/7205.

For further information, please contact info@dotcomwaste.eu.

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