Train-the-trainer programme on environmental crime, November 10-12, 2009, Austria

The third Train-the-Trainer Programme on Environmental Crime was held on November 10-12, 2009 for environmental inspectors, prosecutors and police officers of ECENA countries. The training was organised as part of ECENA's Multi-annual Work Programme (MAP) for the period 2007 to 2010. The European Commission CARDS 2005 Regional Programme provides financial support to the ECENA MAP.

The training, aimed at countries that are either candidates or potential candidates for EU membership, sought to increase the countries’ capacities to solve problems connected with crimes against the environment. It was carried out jointly by the ECENA Secretariat, the Criminal Intelligence Service of the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, and the Criminal Intelligence Service of Upper Austria. Experts from the Regional Environmental Center, Interpol and the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, as well as environmental inspectors, judges, prosecutors and police officers from Austria, shared know-how and best practices in relation to the detection, investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes.

Training background:

Topic 1 - Legislative frameworks and case studies:

Topic 2 - Country examples:

Topic 3 - Technical:


Network plenary meetings

Annual meeting of all ECENA members

Regional training programmes

Training for key personnel, helping them to spread know-how in their home countries

Exchange programmes

Informal trainings featuring roundtable discussions, the sharing of experience and practical approaches to enforcement

Peer reviews (under 2003-2006 BERCEN)

Assisting countries to identify and analyse potential weaknesses in implementing environmental legislation

Study tours

Visits to third-party countries to gain understanding of how a national environmental protection system works

Participation in international meetings

Participation of ECENA members in the events of sister networks

National Trainings

Trainings held in the beneficiary countries and in the local language


Collection of useful documents