Environmental crime as organized crime in the Amazon basin: CIPÓ, GI-TOC and UNU-CPR side event

On 19 May 2022, Plataforma CIPÓ, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC), the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UN-CPR) and the Ministry of External Relations of Peru are hosting the side event: “Environmental crime as organized crime in the Amazon basin“, as part of the 31st session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

This event will discuss the different forms of environmental crime in the Amazon basin, the criminal actors involved, as well as preventive strategies and responses from governments, civil society and indigenous communities. The connection between environmental crimes, such as illegal gold mining, illegal logging and related illicit activities, such as illicit financial flows have become increasingly evident in recent years. Civil society organizations present in the region have advocated for the law enforcement agencies to address environmental crime as organized crime and have carried out studies with the intent to better understand the criminal dynamics and more effectively disrupt the criminal networks perpetrating environmental crimes and associated crimes, including of financial nature.

The panel will include short presentations from three experts on environmental crime trends in the Amazon, closing remarks from the Peruvian Permanent Representative to the UN in Vienna, and will be moderated by Livia Wagner, the GI-TOC Network Coordinator and Thematic Lead on Human Trafficking.


Livia Wagner, Network Coordinator and Thematic Lead on Human Trafficking, GI-TOC

Adam Day, Director of Programmes UNU-CPR/ New York, United Sates

Maiara Folly, Co-founder and Programme Director Plataforma CIPÓ/Brazil

César Augusto Ipenza, Independent Expert and GI-TOC Network Member/ Lima, Peru

Sandra Teran, Resilience Fund Fellow/ Ecuador

Ambassador Alberto Campana Boluarte, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN in Vienna

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