Environmental crimes encompass a broad list of illicit activities, including illegal trade in wildlife; smuggling of ozone-depleting substances (ODS); illicit trade of hazardous waste; illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing; and illegal logging and trade in timber. Organized crime organizations, militias and terrorists are destructing natural resources, increasingly benefiting from environmental crimes illicit revenues due to poor governance, law enforcement and corruption. Overall, besides impacting negatively on the natural environment, these crimes embody a growing security and safety threat to worldwide communities and their sustainable development.
Climate change is affecting the economy, health and security of the world population. Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are significant drivers of global warming. Multiple scientific evidences show that human activity is heavily contributing to the increasing amount of gas emissions from industry, transport, agriculture, waste disposals and other key industrial activities. The effects of climate change ( i.e. glacier retreat, sea-level rise, water availability, etc.) are undermining human rights realization and sustainable development goals, questioning the global distribution of environmental benefits and burdens.
Upon completion of the course, participants will learn how to report on local and global environmental threats, identify reliable sources and interview scientists, acquiring key tools to report compelling news stories and to frame environmental debates. Participants will enhance capabilities to promote environmental protection awareness, meeting world-class scientists and media professionals.
Crimes against the environment and sustainable development
Environmental governance, international environmental law and climate justice
Reporting on crimes against the environment
Promoting awareness on environmental protection