WATER CRIMES project partners launch research phase

June 15, 2016
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The WATER CRIMES project consortium is delighted to announce the beginning of research activities, following extensive work on the related methodological approach.

Research will be carried out by international partners from a variety of backgrounds, whose contributions will enrich the scope of the studies undertaken. The research team will observe the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity in order to guarantee ethical, sound and reliable research efforts.

In addition to developing questionnaires, interviews and action plans, the WATER CRIMES project partners are already conducting desk research and contacting stakeholders in order to obtain reliable data and information.

These data collection efforts will be geared towards producing a variety of working papers to support the achievement of the project’s objectives. These will include:

  • country profiles;
  • a study of environmental crimes in the water sector;
  • a water-related crime forecast scenario;
  • an inventory of water-related crimes; and
  • a policy paper on water crimes in Europe.

The WATER CRIMES project is co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union and aims to advance existing knowledge, gather information, and assess the threats, risks and impacts of water-related 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 recommendations and mitigation strategies. 

The REC will carry out research on water-related crimes in Hungary and is leading the work package on 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.