A partnership to enhance the capacity of customs and other relevant border control officers to monitor and facilitate the legal trade and to detect and prevent illegal trade in environmentally-sensitive commodities covered by trade related conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).
Customs and border protection officers constitute the front line of every country's defense against transboundary illegal trade. They are the first link in the compliance and enforcement chain, without whom the rest of the chain would be less effective. Building their capacities is therefore vital.
GCI Partners have developed e-learning courses and training modules for customs officers to expand their knowledge on environmentally-sensitive commodities. This includes a UNEP OzonAction and World Customs Organization course on the enforcement of the Montreal Protocol on ozone depleting substances and courses devoted to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions on hazardous chemicals and wastes. Several courses are available on CLiKC! while others can be found on the partners' institutional websites.
GREEN CUSTOMS GUIDE
This guide provides customs and border control officers, national customs administrations, environmental and trade regulatory authorities, trade experts, and interested stakeholders with useful information and guidance about relevant trade-related conventions and MEAs.