Project to fight "green trafficking" launched
The UN environment programme (Unep) has launched a bid to improve intelligence, information and cooperation among the various agencies that fight illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, toxic chemicals, hazardous wastes and endangered species. Global turnover from such activities is put at about €30bn. The "green customs" project, for which no specific budget has yet been allocated, is to be run in cooperation with police organisation Interpol, the World customs organisation and the secretariats of several multilateral environmental agreements. See press release and website.