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Organising responses to organised environmental crimes: collaborative approaches and building capacity


White, R and Pink, G, Organising responses to organised environmental crimes: collaborative approaches and building capacity, SA Crime Quarterly, 60 pp. 37-44. ISSN 1991-3877 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.17159/2413-3108/2017/v0n60a1725


The aim of this paper is to discuss the ways in which collaboration and a coordinated approach to dealing with criminal groups involved in environmental crime can be established and bolstered. The paper begins by examining the challenges associated with organised criminal networks and transnational crimes for environmental law enforcement agencies. Such analyses continually highlight several factors: the importance of collaboration in combatting organised criminal networks; flexibility in dealing with fluid on-the-ground situations; the importance of up-skilling in order to move laterally across different institutional and national contexts; and the lynchpin across all of these areas, capacity building for sustainable practice (that is, putting into place practices and procedures that will ensure continuity over time). Various forms of collaboration are outlined as well as the importance of trust and relationships in maintaining cooperative arrangements. Case studies are used to illustrate contemporary developments that are bolstering the possibilities of enhanced collaboration in regards to environmental law enforcement.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:environmental crime, collaboration, law enforcement, wildlife trafficking
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Institutional arrangements
UTAS Author:White, R (Professor Rob White)
ID Code:121890
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-10-19
Last Modified:2018-04-19
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