Environmental crimes, a major issue in fighting transnational organised crime in COVID times

Specific and innovative investigation techniques, cooperation networks and coordination bring results against environmental crimes.

EL PAcCTO is a European Union programme that aims at strengthening the fight against transnational organised crime in Latin America.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the territorial expansion of criminal groups has caused a rise in environmental crime. It is urgent to work on it.

Two bi-regional networks were born under the support of EL PAcCTO: the Jaguar network, which comprises police officers specialised in environmental crimes, and the Environment Protection Network, related to specialized prosecutors’ offices. Europol, Eurojust and the Envicrime EMPACT are part of those networks.

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