ALBERTO PIVATO, University of Padova (IT)
CLAIRE GWINETT, Staffordshire University (UK)
GEORGE VARGHESE, NIT Calicut, Kozhikode (IN)
Environmental Forensics may be defined as “a multidisciplinary science which aims to apply scientific scientific methods and knowledge to the diverse range of environmental concerns in the context of a regulatory and legal framework”.
Pollution crimes, such as the illegal emission or discharge of substances into air, water or soil, form only a part of the larger spectrum of environmental crimes, including, for example: the illegal trade in wildlife, illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, illegal transport, shipment or dumping of waste.
INTERPOL has identified environmental crime as a growing international crime area having an extremely detrimental impact on the planet, biodiversity, the global economy and human life. A 2016 INTERPOL report estimates the position of environmental crime as the fourth largest crime in the world (91–258 billion USD) after drug trafficking (344 billion USD), counterfeit crimes (288 billion USD) and human trafficking (157 billion USD), by value. This calls for extensive use of science and technology in combating environmental crimes, yet this type of crime is commonly overlooked in terms of investment.
This international workshop will focus on:
– identifying new topics to publish in the new column of Detritus Journal;
– discussing the possibility of publishing a book in this field;
– evaluating the possibility of collaboration with international groups/societies;
– Finding partners for international projects.
Partner Journal of the workshop: