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EU Forest Crime Initiative

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Forest crime is a growing problem with links to organized crime and corruption - ranking 1st profitable natural resource crime in 2017. In 2013, the EU adopted the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) to halt illegal logging. However, loopholes in the EUTR and implementation gaps in EU countries have hindered a real change in practice. The EU Forest Crime Initiative (the Project), started in March 2019, aims to enable effective law enforcement by stimulating networks that are able to detect FC and respond to it. The Project has a specific geographic focus on four exporting countries (Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine) and two importing countries (Belgium and France). The innovation lies in bringing together INTERPOL’s law enforcement expertise with WWF’s practical experience in supporting companies to avoid illegal wood trafficking. The project is funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund – Police.

   
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