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.

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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.

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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!

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Involved in the fight against waste crime? Interested in collaborating with fellow colleagues around the world and receiving best practice training?

waste crime trainingDOTCOM Waste is organising two training workshops on tackling waste crime. These free events will be held in Italy and China in 2017. We invite representatives from agencies and organisations directly involved in fighting waste crime, particularly on the EU-West Africa and EU-China routes.

Attendance is free, but on an invitation-only basis, limited to 25 participants. Representatives from the following stakeholder groups are invited to express their interest in participating:

  • Judges
  • Law enforcement agencies, e.g. police
  • Customs
  • Port authorities
  • Environmental agencies or inspectorates/ regulatory bodies responsible for waste matters
  • Prosecutors

The content for these multidisciplinary training sessions will be based on the outcome of research by the DOTCOM Waste project including a comprehensive needs assessment looking at the gap between what’s needed by target audiences and current training programmes.

Each workshop will last for 4 days and focus on improving collaboration among authorities and increased enforcement skills to help fight cross-border waste crime more effectively.

The first training session will take place in Rome, Italy, focusing in particular on the EU-Africa route, while the second training session taking place in Beijing, China, will look at the specifics of the EU-China route.

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

To register your interest in attending one of our events, or to receive access to online training, please fill out the short APPLICATION FORM.

DOTCOM Waste International Workshop Opens in Bonn

DOTCOM Waste International WorkshopThis November marks an important time for the DOTCOM Waste project as the Consortium hosts its International Workshop with its High Level Advisory Board and other experts involved in the fight against waste crime, at UN University, Bonn. The Consortium will present its current activities, including a Risk Assessment and a Training Needs Assessment, to the experts for discussion and feedback. In addition, the meeting will give an opportunity to refine and complete its face-to-face programme and e-learning sessions and to discuss strategies on how to ensure the final training toolkit has a positive legacy long after the project is complete.

The Risk Assessment identifies key activities that law enforcement agencies need to prioritise to allow them to tackle waste-related crimes more effectively, while the Training Needs Assessment looks at understanding the needs of the relevant stakeholders and compared them against existing training materials and tools that are already in use.

Experts from leading organizations such as the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL), INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization will be in attendance, as well as national enforcement authorities who are experts in their fields (inspections, investigations, prosecution and sentencing). This Workshop will include discussions on common challenges and experiences in investigating cases of illegal waste management and trade, and share capacity building tools, practical know-how and existing procedures.

The Workshop will also focus on identifying potential synergies and practical strategies for these groups to work together, and maximise on other initiatives already in progress.  One of the objectives is to identify concrete ways to improve exchange of information and increase inter-agency cooperation within Europe and with participating third countries’ representatives.

Commenting on the event, Federico Magalini, project manager for DOTCOM Waste, and Associate Program Officer with the United Nations University said, “This is a great opportunity to get practical input from a wide range of experts in terms of their experience of the effectiveness of training materials to support the fight against waste crime, as well as creating real synergies with relevant organisations that may not otherwise get to talk.

Our overall objective is to ensure that the training toolkit is sustainable and makes a lasting difference, with a shelf life long after the DOTCOM Waste project finishes.”

DOTCOM Waste Newsletter Out Now!

DOTCOM_Waste_Newsletter_JuneGrab your copy of the first ever DOTCOM Waste Newsletter and get up-to-date on what’s happening with the project.

Find out who the project is targeting and how you can help!  Learn about the recent stakeholder meeting in Bari, Italy, as well as read interviews with Ioana Botezatu, Environmental Security Organized and Emerging Crimes, INTERPOL and Marc Clément, Administrative Judge, Administrative, Court of Appeal of Lyon.

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DOTCOM Waste Meets Stakeholders at Port of Bari

DOTCOM Waste Visit to BariThe DOTCOM Waste project participated in a field visit in the South of Italy on 17th and 18th May, organised in co-operation with the Prosecutor’s Office in Bari – associate partner to the project. This included an inspection call at the Port of Bari along with a set of round table discussions with key players involved in the fight against cross-border management and trade of waste in the Adriatic region of Italy.

The Head Prosecutor in Bari welcomed the delegation, and the Financial Police, the Forestry Police and the Customs Agency (Anti-fraud Office) all participated in the discussions. All parties involved recognise the importance of DOTCOM Waste in view of creating synergies with both EU and non-EU countries.

The Port of Bari in particular has become the “Eastern Door” for the export and import of waste towards Greece, Turkey, the Balkans and South-East Asia.

Currently, communication and information sharing in Italy is relatively good amongst the key players involved in the various phases in the fight against waste trafficking – detection, inspection, prosecution and sentencing. However more needs to be done.

The stakeholders highlighted the need, in the Italian context, to adopt more homogenous procedures in ports, as well as the importance of focusing on the pre-investigation phase and risk analysis to optimise efforts during the inspection phase.

Given the cross-border nature of waste trafficking, all parties at an international level need to cooperate and exchange information as soon as possible in order to succeed in the fight against illegal waste trade. The DOTCOM Waste project will play a vital role in facilitating this process.

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.

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Federico Magalini to Speak at EU Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference

EU_Environmental_Networks_ConferenceFederico Magalini of United Nations University will speak at the upcoming EU Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference on behalf of the DOTCOM Waste (development of tools to counter the illegal management and waste of trade) project.  The overall theme for the conference is ‘Strengthening environmental compliance: Challenges and Solutions’, and Federico will provide attendees with an overview of the DOTCOM Waste project and how it aims to increase the capabilities of all those involved in the fight against cross-border waste crime. The event will take place on 12-13 May, 2016 at Dome Church, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

The conference is bringing four EU environmental networks together for the first time, and will target all aspects of the environmental compliance chain. The groups are:

  • The Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of EU Environmental Law (IMPEL)
  • The European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE)
  • The EU Forum of Judges for the Environment (EUFJE)
  • Network of police officers focusing on tackling environmental crime (EnviCrimeNet)

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All Roads Lead to Bonn!

At the beginning of April, all roads will lead to Bonn for the DOTCOM Waste project meeting. It will be the first time the project members will meet face-to-face and promises to be a very productive few days.

Members of the High-Level Advisory Board (H-LAB) will be in attendance for the meeting on the last day.

The agenda includes discussions on the target needs of the main stakeholders, identification of what’s already in existence (to avoid repetition), what is working and not working, how to synergise with other initiatives, prioritisation of certain waste streams, and the identification of enforcement and prosecution areas that need improvement.