Webinar #1

Law enforcement opportunities to combat illegal wildlife trade in Asia

Wildlife trafficking is a serious crime but all too often it is not investigated as such in Asia and elsewhere. Addressing the biodiversity crisis cannot be done without acknowledging the negative impact caused by transnational organized crime and corruption, across the entire wildlife trafficking chain. Organized crime is constituted by several qualifying features, such as collusion with public officials, use of threat and violence as a form of intimidation, convergence of various illegal activities including white collar crimes in the banking and transportation sectors, and rather efficient logistical bases across countries and continents. Seizures of wildlife contraband are the proverbial tip of the iceberg; more must be done to go beyond seizures, to trace the ultimate beneficiaries of the trafficking by conducting robust investigations, including parallel financial investigations, that lead to viable court cases.

In this seminar we will hear the point of view of international law enforcement experts working in Southeast Asia. Based on their previous experience within national law enforcement agencies and their recent roles with UNODC, INTERPOL and other international organizations, the panelists will try to address the following issues:

  • Have the COVID19 restrictions impacted the illegal trade in wildlife and what changes can we expect in criminal trends in the near future?
  • What are some of the investigation techniques that should be used more often to target transnational criminal groups involved in wildlife trafficking?
  • Why there is limited success in tackling wildlife trafficking in East and Southeast Asia? How can this situation be reversed?

Panelists:



Alexandru Caciuloiu
, Regional Coordinator (Southeast Asia), UNODC Global Programme on Cybercrime - Alex is responsible for building and strengthening the region`s capabilities and response to cybercrime and cybersecurity. Prior to joining UNODC, Alex was a Digital Crime Officer with INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation based in Singapore, where he spent part of his posting coordinating cybercrime investigations. Alex joined the Romanian National Police in the Counter Organised Crime Brigade in 2007 as a cybercrime investigator. In this position he conducted investigations and intelligence gathering on cybercrime as well as performing digital forensics examinations. Alex is based in the Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. He is from Constanta, Romania and holds B.Sc. Law and M.Sc. Business Law.

Fabrizio Fioroni, Regional Advisor (Southeast Asia) on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financiang of Terrorism with a focus on Forest Crimes, UNODC Global Programme on against Money Laundering - Fabrizio supports countries in South-East Asia and the Pacific Islands to disrupt environmental crimes through the use of techniques aiming to trace back the money trail linked to predicate offences. Prior to joining UNODC, Fabrizio was a member of the Financial Crimes Unit of INTERPOL in Bangkok. In this capacity he provided technical assistance and investigative support on matters relating to money laundering, financing of terrorism and other serious crimes with a focus on the exploitation of natural resources. Fabrizio is a former member of the Italian Financial Police where he dealt with investigations against fi.nancial and other serious crimes. He was also deployed to Kosovo with the United Nations in the Financial Intelligence Unit and with the European Union in the Office for Criminal Intelligence. Fabrizio is based in Hanoi, Viet Nam

Stephen Carmody, Chief Investigator, Wildlife Justice Commission. Steve has over 30 years of law enforcement experience having served with the New South Wales Police Force, Australian Federal Police and the N.S.W. National Parks and Wildlife Service. He was also a Senior Law Enforcement expert with UNODC for 10 years, developing training packages and undertaking needs assessments in South East Asia. Stephen was a recognised illicit drug expert providing expert written and oral testimony in major drug cases. Steve is originally from Australia and he holds a Master in Terrorism and Security Studies.

Tao Zhiqiang, Programme Officer (Southeast Asia), UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime - Tao has been with UNODC since October 2014, and he has been responsible for building and strengthening investigative capacity for the Mekong Region to counter transnational organized crimes, especially drug trafficking and wildlife crimes. Prior to joining UNODC, Tao served for 5 years as a police officer with China Ministry of Public Security in Beijing, China, coordinating multilateral operations on illicit trafficking and international cooperation on combating transnational organized crimes. Tao is based in Regional Office in Bangkok, Thailand. He is originally from Jiangsu, China, holds a master’s degree in public administration from Chinese People’s Public Security University.

Valentina Pancieri, UNODC Regional Law Enforcement Expert, Border Management (Southeast Asia and the Pacific). Valentina supports law enforcement agencies at land borders in the Mekong region, to strengthen cooperation in the fight against transnational organised crime. Prior joining  UNODC ROSEAP, Valentina worked at the UNODC Regional Office for West and Central Africa across 16 countries in a similar role, supporting police-to-police cooperation in the fight against drug-trafficking and organised crime where she supported  the coordination of regional police operations. Prior joining UNODC, Valentina worked for 8 years in the Italian law enforcement, and specialized in crime prevention activities. Valentina holds a Master Degree in Criminology from the University of Bologna.

Moderator: Giovanni Broussard, Asia Regional Coordinator of the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime

 

 

23 June 2020, 3pm (GMT+7)

Duration: 60 minutes
-          6pm – Canberra
-          4pm – Beijing, Hong Kong SAR, Manila
-          3pm – Bangkok, Jakarta
-          1.30pm New Delhi
-          12am – Abu Dhabi
-          11am – Nairobi
-          10am – Vienna, Geneva, Pretoria
-          9am – London, Abuja

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This webinar is organized by the UNODC Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crimes