UNEP’s Governing Council expressed concern over the increasing environmental damage caused by illegal traffic in endangered species and dangerous and harmful substances and products. It also recognised that continuous efforts must be undertaken by all countries and relevant organisations and agencies concerned with ensuring compliance and enforcement of relevant international agreements.

The Benefits for
Custom Officers
  1. Increased knowledge about environmental issues, particularly those related to relevant MEAs and international conventions
  2. Enhanced skills required to enforce national environmental requirements set out on the basis of international commitments
  3. Facilitated access to information on the requirements of relevant MEAs and international conventions regarding the transboundary movement of different environmentally sensitive goods and substances
  4. Better recognition of the role of customs officers in environmental protection
  1. Increased detection of smugglers and illegally-traded commodities by national customs officers, and facilitation of legal trade
  2. Strengthened capacity for national compliance and enforcement of relevant MEAs and international conventions through monitoring of trade
  3. Increased opportunity for dialogue with regional trade partner countries on illegal trade issues . Sustained capacity building through integration of Green Customs into national customs training curricula
  4. Prevention of loss of revenue from tax and duty avoidance associated with smuggling Increased integration of environment into the security agenda
The Benefits
for Countries
The Benefits
for Partners
  1. Increased opportunity for synergies in implementation between relevant MEAs and international conventions.
  2. Shared training infrastructure and experience developed by the Secretariats
  1. Decrease in environmental crime, control of toxic chemicals and waste, better species protection– leading to a less polluted and more sustainable environment
The Benefits for
Global Environment