Environmental crime is a growing issue and is often connected to crimes such as trafficking of drugs and people, corruption and other hard crimes. Since 2014, GRID-Arendal along with other key actors have been working on identifying new kinds of environmental crime, raising global awareness, and finding innovative ways to address challenges. We believe it is crucial to identify relevant technological tools and build capacity related to the prevention and detection of the five main areas of environmental crime:
For this event at Arendalsuka, we have invited our partners in our ongoing FishGuard project to talk about the use of drones and satellite data to fight environmental crime. The winners of GRID-Arendal’s investigative environmental journalism grant will be announced. In addition, our partners working with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - WCO Container Control Programme will talk about how international environmental crimes can be detected. There will be a video demonstration of the use of drones to monitor areas and a Q&A at the end.