SPIDER WEB: Strategic Project to Increase the Detection and Disruption of Environmental Crime in the Western Balkans Consultation Group Meeting
Fighting environmental offenses and crime regulated in EU and international legislation and agreements like the killing, destruction, possession or trade of specimens of protected wild fauna or flora species, illegal logging of timber or the improper collection, transport, recovery or disposal of (hazardous) waste, are key challenges not only, but particularly, in South East Europe (SEE). This is partly due to weak environmental awareness, lack of data and limited financial and human resources. Environmental offenses are still not considered a high enough priority, whilst their impact on human health, ecosystems and the environment is significant. The compliance checking and prosecution of environmental crime is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain. Permit writers, environmental inspectors, police, customs, prosecutors and judges are key actors in determining the strength of this compliance chain.
Awareness raising, targeted capacity building measures about environmental crimes and collaboration are required to support the various actors in this compliance chain. The SPIDER WEB focuses on the South East Europe to raise the profile and priority level of environmental crime in the region. The EU accession process provides an opportunity to connect SEE actors to related EU networks for a sustainable partnership and continuous exchanges at individual and organisational level. To support the delivery of capacity building activities and the development of training tools, a dedicated consultation group of key stakeholders has been established. This meeting aims to gather input from these stakeholders on challenges and best practices, to increase the impact of the training events and uptake of tools. Further, they will be briefed about the baseline study that is being performed in the 6 target countries and the training needs assessment.
The involved countries are: • Albania • Bosnia and Herzegovina • The Republic of North Macedonia • Kosovo* • Montenegro • Serbia
European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law (IMPEL)
Professional network or association,
Awareness-raising activity, Networking event, Peer-to-peer reviews and best practices sharing event,
16/04/2019 - 17/04/2019
Nature and Biodiversity, Waste, Implementation of legislation,
Local or regional authorities, NGOs,