Technical Workshop on Environmental Crime: A New Priority Area of ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC)

April. 22, 2014 - April. 25, 2014

Environmental issues have been given increasing importance by governments worldwide, due to their wide-ranging impact on human security and sustainable long-term economic development. These issues are non-traditional security threats and are becoming more transnational in nature. With its rich natural resources, the ASEAN region is at risk of being a center for transnational crime. ASEAN has recognized the environmental impact of development which has been supported by the ASEAN Plan of Action to strengthen effective cooperation on non-traditional security issues under the ASEAN Political Security Community. Therefore, a workshop conducted by Royal Thai Police at Bangkok, Thailand aimed to facilitate a discussion among ASEAN Member States on the approach, scope of work and contribution of the SOMTC to tackle environmental crime. The workshop is expected to formulate recommendations for the SOMTC on Thailand’s proposal to include environmental crime as a new priority. AECEN was represented in the workshop by Panjit Tansom, Programme Manager, AECEN Secretariat. The workshop was divided into 4 sections: Overview of Environmental crime, Magnitude of Environmental Crime and Its Impact, Global and Regional Efforts to Combat Environmental Crime and Panel Discussion on “Recommendation on Practical Mechanism and Potential Work Program for Environmental Crime under SOMTC”. At the end of the first day, which was open to all participants, the meeting agreed to bring a series of recommendations to the following day which was a closed door meeting among ASEAN delegates to consider the preparatory information and prepare recommendations for the SOMTC at Brunei in June 2014.

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