During the annual best practice meeting of the TFS Enforcement Actions project again facilitated practical experiences and in-depth knowledge exchange on countries efforts to deter and detect illegal shipments of waste.
The programme included experiences from a number of countries on recent cases they encountered. For example Mr Jonas Ludlin from Sweden presented their pilot project on using drones for inspections.
Public prosecutors from the Netherlands (Mr Frank van Diem) and the United Kingdom (Mr Howard McCann) organised group sessions on preparing for a court case and how to collect, view and present the evidence.
Ms Lynne Wilson from the Scottish EPA demonstrated the new tool ‘Spotfire’ – which enables the Enforcement Actions project to visualise the inspection data coming in from the actions carried out under the project.
And the Nancy Isarin from the IMPEL secretariat, presented IMPEL’s plan for a scaling up of the Enforcment Action project, applying for an increased and more sustainable budget under the name of SWEAP (Shipments of Waste Enforcement Actions Project).
Hosted in lovely Lisbon, 11-12 April, all the participants welcomed the opportunity to collaborate on this technical and operational level.