Using Satellite Earth Observation and GPS tracking to Combat Waste Crime and Ensure Waste Compliance

Save the Date!

iron-2526913_640As part of an European Space Agency (ESA) funded project entitled “Space Based Support Services for Waste Management”, Air and Space Evidence Ltd and Telespazio VEGA Ltd are holding a workshop on ‘Using Satellite Earth Observation and GPS tracking to Combat Waste Crime and Ensure Waste Compliance’. They would like to invite governments, environment agencies, EU bodies and supranational environmental compliance networks to this event on 20th October 2017 at DG Environment, European Commission, Brussels to discuss regulatory needs and the potential opportunities of using space based technologies to combat waste crime and to ensure waste compliance.

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New LIFE SMART Waste digital brochure published

LIFE SMART Waste digital brochureThe LIFE SMART Waste project has just published its digital brochure to provide an update on progress at the mid-point in the project.

The brochure provides updates on the launch of the project’s communications Hub, intelligence-gathering activities and progress in the development of a range of innovative tools, approaches and techniques (including financial investigation and horizon scanning tools, Remote Sensing and more) that may help us to understand, tackle and reduce waste-related crime.

Click here to access it now!


INTERPOL’s Pollution Crime Working Group Provides Effective Forum for DOTCOM Waste

rome-2151629_640The DOTCOM Waste project was presented to INTERPOL’s Pollution Crime Working Group (PCWG) during their 22nd meeting in Rome.

After a general introduction on the project by Vittoria Luda Di Cortemiglia of United Nations University, Nancy Isarin, Environmental Consultant at Ambiendura provided a more detailed presentation on the training toolkit – specifically the modules on the planning of inspections, risks assessments and intervention approaches.

Secondly Nancy demonstrated the mobile application ‘Watch-IT’. This new app supports law enforcement officers in the field during their inspections of waste shipments and guides them through the often complex decision-making process. The App is developed in co-operation with UN Environment and GRID-Arendal.

A number of members of the PCWG have expressed interest to be a part of the user-test group for the App. Further the United States and the African region showed interest in having the app tailored to their regions.

Success for DOTCOM Waste at 2017 COPS

IMG-20170510-WA0006BDOTCOM Waste hosted a successful side event at this year’s COPS in Geneva entitled, “Get the Tools You Need to Make a Difference – Global Training Toolkit + Waste & Chemicals Inspection App”.

The opening address was given by Carlos Martin-Novella , Deputy Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions, followed by Federico Magalini of United Nations University (UNU), who gave an insight into the activities of the DOTCOM Waste Project.

Attendees then got an introduction to the project’s online training toolkit on enforcing transboundary movements of waste regulations by Vittoria Luda Di Cortemiglia of UNU. There was also a demo of the inspection app for waste and chemicals called WATCH-IT which was presented by Nancy Isarin of Ambiendura

DOTCOM Waste Presents at INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group Meeting

INTERPOLThe 22nd Annual INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group meeting will take place in Rome from 15-17 May 2017 and DOTCOM Waste is delighted to announce that they will be presenting at the event. Nancy Isarin, Environmental Consultant at Ambiendura and Vittoria Luda Di Cortemiglia of United Nations University, will speak on behalf of DOTCOM Waste, outlining the key objectives of the project, as well as promoting relevant activities for attendees to get involved in.

The INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group initiates and leads a number of projects to combat the transport, trade and disposal of wastes and hazardous substances in contravention of national and international laws. The projects include electronic waste, environmental forensics, clean seas and climate change crime and corruption.

DOTCOM Waste Launches Webinar Series

WebinarsDOTCOM Waste is delighted to announce the launch of its webinar training and information series to help those involved in the fight against waste crime.  Aimed at the “response chain”, these webinars will share best practices and give the most up-to-date information on how best to help prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute waste trafficking.

Topics to be covered include inspection plans / next gen compliance, intelligence, remote sensing technologies, prosecution, collaboration, environmental waste crime for judges and financial investigations.

The webinars are scheduled to run for approximately one hour and are free to all relevant participants. All registrants must register with a work email.

To register for any of the scheduled webinars please click on the links below:

Don’t forget to keep checking our main webinars page as more topics will be added soon! For more information please email

Going to 2017 COPS? Don’t Miss our DOTCOM Waste Side Event

DOTCOM Waste COPS Side EventDOTCOM Waste has announced a side event taking place at this year’s COPS in Geneva entitled, “Get the Tools You Need to Make a Difference – Global Training Toolkit + Waste & Chemicals Inspection App“. The event will take place on Monday 1st May, 18.15 -19.45, in Room 15 of the International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG).

Agenda includes:                                                                                                   

  • Overview of the DOTCOM (Development of Tools to Counter Illegal Management and Trade of Waste) Project
  • Operation Sword 2017 – Chinese operation on cracking down illegal waste imports
  • Online training toolkit on enforcing transboundary movements of waste regulations
  • Inspection App for waste and chemicals: WATCH-IT (in collaboration with UN Environment and GRID-Arendal)
  • Questions & Answers

For more information email: We hope to meet you there!

Save the Date – Final Joint Conference

Synergies and strategies to tackle waste crime

Save the date now for the final conference of the DOTCOM Waste and BLOCKWASTE projects! It will take place on 23 November 2017, at Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rue Montoyer / Montoyerstraat 47, Brussels, Belgium.

Illegal management and trade of waste cause significant damage to the environment, undermine the health of millions of people and distort fair competition. This interactive conference will present the main results of the two Internal Security Fund financed projects on illegal waste management and transport followed by a roundtable discussion with contributions from experts.

Participants: Professionals and decision makers involved in targeting waste crime such as regulators including EC representatives and European Parliament members,environmental authorities, law enforcement agencies, other stakeholders and researchers.

A detailed programme will be published at the latest in August 2017.

The DOTCOM Waste project increases the capabilities of law enforcement agencies, customs, port authorities, environmental agencies, prosecutors and judges to fight cross-border waste crime. The project provides pragmatic training materials and tools and organizes webinars and face to face training sessions to help key stakeholders to integrate good practices into their day-to-day operations.

The BlockWaste project identifies illegal operating practices relating to waste trading and shipments, and estimates the amount of illegal earnings made in the waste sector. It also analyses legislation in order to identify needs for amendments to better expose and prevent criminal activity.

Both projects share the overall aims of intensifying international collaboration and identifying threats and risks associated with illegal waste shipments in order to support strategic planning and thereby better prevent cross-border waste crime.

To be added to the mailing list for the conference, please email:

DOTCOM Waste Newsletter Hot Off The Press!

DOTCOM_Waste_Newsletter_January_2017Get your free copy of the January edition of the DOTCOM Waste newsletter now! Discover how the project is progressing in its objective to increase the capabilities of those directly involved in the fight against cross-border waste crime.

Find out what happened at the International Workshop held in Bonn, Germany. Read about the Compendium of Good Practices which gives an overview of good practices in waste crime detection, inspection, investigation, prosecution and sentencing.

Get an update on the recently completed risk analysis on waste crime, as well as how DOTCOM Waste is linking with other European waste projects to identify joint opportunities to work on.

In addition, read interviews with consultant, Vittoria Luda di Cortemiglia and Halina Güldiren Technical Officer / Analyst with Regional Intelligence Liaison Office (RILO) Western Europe.  Learn how you can benefit by availing of face-to-face or online training facilitated by DOTCOM Waste.

Click here to download your free copy now!

Key DOTCOM Waste Training Dates Announced

training DOTCOM WasteDOTCOM Waste is pleased to announce the dates for their 2017 face to face training workshops on tackling waste crime.

  • Rome, Italy, from 26 to 29 September 2017 (focusing on EU / West Africa Routes)
  • Beijing, China, from 17 to 20 October 2017 (focusing on EU / China Routes)

Anyone directly involved in fighting waste crime is now invited to submit their interest in attending.

The objectives of the workshops are to improve networking among authorities and enhance enforcement skills to help the fight against cross-border waste crime. Attendance is free, but on an invitation-only basis, limited to 25 participants.

We will also be delivering online training seminars, both live and on-demand.

Register your interest NOW!

To access the application form in Chinese click here – 培训