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.

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

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)

For further information, please visit http://complianceconference.eu/ .

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.

DOT.COM Waste Project kicks off!

The DOTCOM Waste project was launched on January 1 2016 and runs for 2 years. The Project Coordinator Federico Magalini of UNU, held a virtual kickoff meeting with all project participants in advance of the first face to face meeting of the consortium partners.

We are delighted to invite potential High Level Advisory Board members to join this exciting project! Please contact info@dotcomwaste.eu if you would like to join our H-LAB.