Environmental crimes have direct and indirect impacts that can be environmental, social, economic and political. The impacts that result from environmental crime vary depend on case-specific factors, including the type of crime (e.g. illegal trade in timber, trafficking of wildlife, illegal dumping of waste), the scale of the crime (e.g. national versus transnational environmental crime), and the actors involved (e.g. organized crime, weak/criminal institutions). For example, wildlife crime that occurs when species are illegally poached has the environmental impact of reducing species populations, the economic impact of undermining the revenues of legitimate businesses and countries and is significant in scale due to the value of the illegal market and the participation of organized criminal syndicates.
The purpose of this workshop, is to discuss different ways of quantifying and measuring impacts of environmental crime in order to better understand where improved enforcement can yield significant results. Applying valuation techniques is also important to shed light on the challenges of quantifying such impacts which occur in some cases from lack of data or simply where impacts are difficult to quantify and are more qualitative in nature.
This workshop is part of a series of similar one-day EFFACE workshops that both present and invite feedback on EFFACE research from academic experts, policy-makers and practitioners. If you are interested in participating please contact the Efface coordinator indicating your background and interest relating to the topic. The number of participants is restricted.