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Illegal trading threatens China's rare earth industry - Globaltimes.cn

The recent crackdown on a major rare earth smuggling case has again raised concerns about China's illegal rare earth mining and trading.
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IMO vessel numbering to fight against illegal fishing

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The International Maritime Organization removed an exemption for fishing vessels from the IMO’s ship identification scheme, paving the way for mandatory identification numbers.

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Marian Locksley's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:11 PM

The IMO numbering scheme was introduced to enhance maritime safety and security; registered vessels carry the same unique indicator from construction to scrapping.


Originally established and maintained by Lloyd’s Register, numbers are currently administered on behalf of the IMO by IHS Fairplay.


It is widely regarded as the best available global vessel identification system, because each number is coupled with an independently managed data source on the vessel’s specifications, history, and ownership, which is continually updated and cross-checked against multiple sources. - See more at: http://www.pewenvironment.org/news-room/other-resources/UN-Body-Closes-Loophole-in-Fight-Against-Illegal-Fishing-85899522627#sthash.8BW8Ygwc.dpuf

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Nigeria: Illegal mining business booms as sector neglect persists

Nigeria: Illegal mining business booms as sector neglect persists | Environmental crimes | Scoop.it
BusinessDay Illegal mining business booms as sector neglect persists BusinessDay Illegal mining business has continued to flourish in the country following continued neglect of a sub-sector which is capable of providing millions of jobs for...
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Recording fishing vessels (EJF)

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An Interview with Vanda Felbab-Brown

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Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow at the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, discusses her research on piracy, enforcement and illegal fishing with Assis...
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L'or de Guyane pèse moins lourd que le Brésil | Slate

L'or de Guyane pèse moins lourd que le Brésil  | Slate | Environmental crimes | Scoop.it
Guyane Il y a un an, deux militaires français étaient tués lors d'une mission contre l'exploitation illégale de l'or dans la forêt guyanaise. Rappelant le temps d'un instant que ce coin de France équatoriale est un des haut-lieux de la quête de l'or.
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Illegal logging in Papua New Guinea

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Activists seeking to stop illegal fishing gather in South Africa

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Illegal fishing off Africa -- often by ships from wealthy nations like South Korea -- costs the continent millions of dollars a year, with poor West African nations among the hardest hit.
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Out of line, Greenpeace TUNA report

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A Technology Revolution to Curb Illegal Logging - World Resources ...

A Technology Revolution to Curb Illegal Logging - World Resources ... | Environmental crimes | Scoop.it
This piece was co-authored with Achim Steiner, UN under-secretary general and executive director of UN Environment Programme (UNEP). This piece explores how advances in technology can curb illegal logging, written in ...
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What is Green Criminology?

By Dr Gary R. Potter, London South Bank University, UK The Brief Answer: Green Criminology is the analysis of environmental harms from a criminological perspective, or the application of criminolog...
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Elevated rates of gold mining in the Amazon revealed through high-resolution monitoring

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Europol: Environmental crime is 'under-reported and under-investigated'

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New Threat Assessment warns environmental crime is threatening health and wellbeing of EU citizens and businesses (#toxic Europol: Environmental crime is 'under-reported and under-investigated': BusinessGreen http://t.co/OkCMNeeEDE...
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Gold mining in Brazil's amazon: Artisanal miners vs. mining companies

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As MINING.com reported last week, illegal mining has become the "new cocaine" of Latin America. Illicit gold extraction in Peru already generates 15% more profits than the country's total estimated drug trafficking.
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Mining: Sh70 billion collected from mining royalties - Afrique en Ligue

Mining: Sh70 billion collected from mining royalties Afrique en Ligue Dr Kayandabila noted that due to its strapping endeavour, the agency has managed to contain minerals smuggling in the country and as between May and November, this year, 17...
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Environmental Crimes Blog (written by a layer)

Provided by Jim Wedeking of Sidley Austin LLP . . .. Alex Badza, of Jenner & Block and the ABA SEER's Constitutional Law Committee, has put together a spreadsheet tracking the environmental law certiorari petitions before ...
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Illegal Timber Seizures a Drop in the Ocean at Kutai National Park - Jakarta Globe

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Illegal Timber Seizures a Drop in the Ocean at Kutai National Park Jakarta Globe Hernowo, chief of management for the park's Sangata I area said on Sunday that the Rp 600 million ($50,000) worth of timber they were able to secure from illegal...
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Brains of Camorra's ecomafia jailed - Gazzetta del Sud english

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Brains of Camorra's ecomafia jailed Gazzetta del Sud english According to environmental group Legambiente, 14% of environmental crimes in Italy take place in Campania, where 6,000 illegal waste fires and 2,000 toxic dumps were reported between...
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Italian Mafia Up To Dirty Business - Inter Press Service

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▶ Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. - YouTube

Overview of Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. http://www.fao.org/fishery/ipoa-iuu/en Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations...

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Pirate Fishing Exposed, EJF report 2012

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EUROPEAN UNION: European Commission intensifies the fight against illegal fishing

EUROPEAN UNION: European Commission intensifies the fight against illegal fishing | Environmental crimes | Scoop.it

Following a formal warning one year ago (IP/12/1215), the European Commission today intensifies its fight against illegal fishing by identifying Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as non-cooperating third countries.

 

Despite the Commission working closely with the countries' authorities to set up fisheries management and effective control measures, these three countries have still not addressed structural problems and have failed to show real commitment to tackling the problem of illegal fishing.

 

The Commission now proposes to the Council of Ministers to adopt trade measures against the three countries in order to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from these illegal activities. Ultimately, fisheries products caught by vessels from these countries will be banned from being imported into the EU.

 

The decision is consistent with the EU's international commitment to ensuring the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources at home and abroad. The EU's approach towards combatting illegal fishing reflects the fact that IUU fishing is a global criminal activity which is harmful not only to EU fishermen and markets but also to local communities in developing countries.

 

Fiji, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu also received formal warnings last year, but they have all made credible progress in close cooperation with the Commission. They have set in motion new legislation and improved their monitoring, control and inspection systems and, as a result, dialogue with these countries has been extended until the end of February 2014 with progress to be evaluated next spring.

 

New formal warnings

 

The European Commission has today also handed out formal warnings – 'yellow cards' - to Korea, Ghana and Curaçao, as they fail to keep up with international obligations to fight illegal fishing. The Commission has identified concrete shortcomings, such as a lack of actions to address deficiencies in monitoring, controlling and surveillance of fisheries, and suggests corrective actions to resolve them.

 

These yellow cards will not, at this stage, entail any measures affecting trade. Instead the EU will, as was the case for the previously listed countries, work closely with the countries, through formalised dialogue and intensified cooperation, to resolve the identified issues and implement the necessary action plans.

 

European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, said: "These decisions show our steadfast commitment to tackling illegal fishing. The EU market is negatively affected as are local and EU fishermen. We continue to put pressure on the countries which are fuelling the supply chain of illegal fishing be it as a coastal state, flag state, or flag of convenience. West Africa was identified as a major source of illegal fishing and my intention is now take the same thorough approach in the Pacific."

 

Background

 

The decision on Belize, Cambodia and Guinea, gives Member States an additional tool to verify and, if necessary, to refuse imports of fishery products. The Commission promotes a coordinated approach in this respect. Once the Commission's proposal for a trade ban has been adopted by the Council, fisheries products caught by vessels flying these countries' flags will be banned from being imported into the EU. EU vessels will have to stop fishing in these waters. Other forms of cooperation, such as joint fishing operations or fisheries agreements with these countries will not be possible anymore.

 

With these actions, the EU is not merely enforcing EU rules but rather ensuring the respect of IUU rules adopted by the United Nations and FAO, in line with its international commitments. All of the identified countries have failed to fulfil their duties as flag, coastal, port or market states typically by disrespecting United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) or the United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement.

 

More information

 

MEMO/13/1053 (http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-1053_en.htm)

 


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La mafia envahit le marché de l'environnement. Sonia Alfano sonne l'alarme

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Le crime organisé investit les marchés de l'environnement, alors que des dizaines de milliers de personnes ont défilé le 16 novembre à Naples contre (...)
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Green Carbon, Black Trade: a report on Illegal Logging, Tax Fraud and Laundering in the Worlds Tropical Forests

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The Dark Side of Green Growth: Human Rights Impacts of Weak Governance in Indonesia’s Forestry Sector

The Dark Side of Green Growth: Human Rights Impacts of Weak Governance in Indonesia’s Forestry Sector | Environmental crimes | Scoop.it
This 68-page report finds that illegal logging and forest-sector mismanagement resulted in losses to the Indonesian government of more than US$7 billion between 2007 and 2011.
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