Pollution Crime Fighters Recognized for Tackling Illegal Trade
For a second time, enforcement officers and organizations tackling fast-growing illegal trade in chemicals and harmful waste in Asia Pacific were at the centerstage of an award ceremony recognizing their efforts to curb pollution crimes. Four enforcement officers and four organizations hailing from China, Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines and Sri Lanka were recipients of the Asia Environmental Enforcement Award for seizures amounting to nearly 600,000 tons of hazardous waste and chemicals that together amounted to some US$300 million.
These awards recognize the front-line work of the enforcement officers and institutions who play such a crucial role in enforcing environmental laws and safeguards. They exemplify the kind of courage, dedication and remarkable spirit of public service we need to protect people and planet, not only in Asia but the world over," said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment. "Their work is not often seen in the public eye, but it is critical for it to be seen and supported.”