Interpol adopts resolution to combat green crime

Interpol has adopted a resolution pledging its support to combat green crime.

Updated: Nov 11, 2010, 16:38 PM IST

New Delhi: Pitching in to save the world`s endangered fauna and flora, Interpol has adopted a resolution pledging its support to combat green crime and bring environment criminals to book.

Environmental crime "is not restricted by borders, and involves organised crime which engages in other crime types, including murder, corruption, fraud and theft," said an
Interpol`s resolution.

It was adopted unanimously at the recently concluded 79th session of the Interpol General Assembly in Doha which was attended by a large number of member-nations.
The move by the world`s largest global police organisation is expected to go a long way to conserve the global resources given that illegal logging and wildlife smuggling has become a multi-billion-dollar global crimem almost as lucrative as the drugs and illegal arms trades.

The resolution urged national police organisations to support its "Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)" which was assisting and supporting "the effective enforcement of national and international environmental laws and treaties."

It also highlighted the need for a global response in view of the "influence that environmental crime has on the global economy and security."

So far terrorism, corruption and trafficking among others were the major focus area of the world`s premier investigating agency.

The resolution recommended the forming of an "Environmental Crime Committee" and urged member-nations and partner organisations to either make financial contributions
to the committee or provide specialised personnel.

"This is an important development as India being a mega diverse country, its species are highly vulnerable to poaching and illegal trans - border trade," said an official
from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) of the environment ministry.

At the Interpol Conference on Environment Crime at Lyon, India for the first time got the recognition to hold the post of Secretary in Wildlife Group, the official said, adding
that it will go a long way to conserve the global resources and ensure pristine environment for future generations.