To increase awareness of the threat of environmental crime, in December 2011 Legambiente, Consorzio Polieco and UNICRI co-organized a conference in Rome entitled Illicit Trafficking in Waste: A Global Emergency, with the participation of the Ministry of the Environment of Italy, parliamentarians, international partners such as the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), and stakeholders involved in countering trafficking in and dumping of toxic waste.
The Conference aimed at providing an overview of the situation and in particular represented an opportunity to make a comparison of current legislative and operational tactics in countering the phenomenon. The ultimate goal was to identify appropriate responses.
Illicit trafficking and disposal of waste, the harm posed to human health and environment, versus sound waste management and recycling as precursors to economic growth, innovation and sustainable development: these are the topics discussed during the seminar Recycling or illicit disposal? Waste: an occasion for development, an opportunity for organized crime? organized by UNICRI in collaboration with Environment Park on 6 September 2012.
The seminar focused on various aspects of sound waste management and emphasize its potential for sustainable development and innovation. It has also presented measures to prevent the infiltration of organized crime in waste management.