Senegal hosts a training workshop on environmental crimes

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A capacity-building workshop on criminal investigative techniques for officials of the Ministry of environment and sustainable development and other defence and security forces bodies and in proceedings related to order offences opened on Monday 16 April 2018 in Thiès.

This two-day workshop (16 to 17 April), funded by the European Union (EU) with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) as an implementation partner, is organized as a prelude to a national tour through all regions of Senegal.

The Deputy Governor, Mbassa Sène, chairing the opening of the meeting that ends Tuesday, said the importance of ethics and ethics for agents "responsible for combating the offences that affect our resources".

This training aims to improve the skills of the officials of the Ministry of the environment and sustainable development, agents of other bodies such as the gendarmerie, the police, the officers of the national parks, water and forest agents, the direction of the areas protected community Marines, judicial authorities.

The aim is to enable participants to "familiarize themselves with criminal investigative techniques and other procedural elements in order to ensure that environmental or environmental offences are sanctioned in an effective manner, but also in accordance with the procedure, in order to (avoid cases of) nullity, explained Bouna Manel fall, technical adviser to the Minister responsible for the environment.

Therefore, the actors in charge of this fight will be endowed with all the procedural means to "hunt down the Green delinquency or the eco-mafia which has taken the contours of an organized crime, by its methods and by the magnitude of the attack on common heritage ".

This training session responds to three issues, of a legal nature-with the current updating of the forest code, following the events of Boffa-, ethical and economical, noted Bouna Manel fall.

Environmental offences represent "30% of world trade, generating between 70 and 213 billion dollars, just for the trafficking of animals and forest products," he said, citing an Interpol study.

This type of traffic ranks fourth in the world after narcotics trafficking, counterfeiting and trafficking in human beings.

The authorities of the country want "resolutely", to deal with the crimes against the environment, assured the official, according to whom, a series of activities are in perspective.

In addition to a new draft forestry code recently adopted in the Council of Ministers, a Summit for the global environment Pact will be held in Dakar in May. An African regional forum for sustainable development, as well as a National Conference on sustainable development, are also in sight.

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