WATER CRIMES project holds kick-off meeting

New project sets the stage for strategic analysis of water-related crimes in Europe

February 24, 2016

Wcrime1What types of water-related crimes are committed in Europe? And what are the impacts of these crimes on the continent's water resources? These are the central questions behind a new, 16-month project co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union.

The WATER CRIMES project consortium met on February 17-18, 2016 on the island of San Servolo, in Venice, Italy to mark the official start of the project. The meeting was designed to: facilitate brainstorming and planning of different project activities, build common understanding of the key challenges and requirements; agree on the methodology; and pinpoint the partners' roles and activities.

The WATER CRIMES project explores an area of environmental crimes that deserve more attention. It aims to advance existing knowledge, gather information and assess the threats, risks and impact of water crimes in Europe. The project will develop the first detailed inventory of water-related crimes, organise the first European Workshop on water-related crimes, and produce a medium-range crime forecast scenario that will include policy recommendation and mitigation strategies.

wcrimeThe project consortium partners are: SiTI - Istituto Superiore sui Sistemi Territoriali per l'Innovazione, coordinator partner (Italy), RiSSC - Centro Ricerche e Studi su Sicurezza e Criminalita (Italy), REC - The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe , (Hungary), Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security of the University of Maribor (Slovenia), and the Universidade da Coruna (Spain).

The REC will conduct research on water-related crimes in Hungary, and is leading the work package concerned with essential dissemination, communication and knowledge transfer activities. Experts from two of the REC's topic areas - Water Management; and Law, Development Enforcement and Compliance - are involved in the project.