REN Update

The fourth REN annual workshop held in Bangkok
27 November 2015

The 4th Annual Workshop of Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste was held in Bangkok, Thailand on 25-26 November 2015. The Workshop was attended by thirty-six customs and environmental officers in the Asia Region as well as partners from the Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS) and BRS’ regional centres in China and Iran, World Customs Organization Regional Intelligence Liaison Office for Asia and the Pacific, the European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law Basel Action Network, Pesticide Action Network, Swedish Chemical Agency, Freeland and GRID-Arendal.  The meeting updated the trends of illegal traffic of chemicals and waste, and discussed how to sustain the regional enforcement network, and how to address the bottle neck issue of sending back seized shipments. The participants also put forward some recommendations on how to improve inter-agency and inter-regional cooperation.