One of the main objectives of the Green Customs Initiative is to increase capacities of customs officers and protection officers worldwide. Besides organising workshops and developing the GCI guide, the GCI also works with Partners to develop e-learning modules on relevant multilateral environmental agreements and international conventions. Below you will find the links to different e-learning courses through WCO CLIKC! website or through the websites of different GCI Partners. These sites provide the detailed instructions on how to get access to the courses.
Please do not hesitate to contact the respective organization for more information.
WCO CLiKC! - The WCO Customs Learning and Knowledge Community
WCO CLiKC! provides a wide range of online courses for customs and bordel control officers, as well as the general public, to expand their knowledge on environmentally-sensitive commodities covered by multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). This includes an 8-hour course on the enforcement of the Montreal Protocol on the international trade of Ozone Depleting Substances, developed in collaboration with UNEP OzonAction, and the recently updated and re-designed course on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. In October 2021, WCO and CITES launched new training modules for customs officers covering substantial practical and regulatory aspects of the trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora offers training courses for customs officers and the general public to better under the mechanisms and procedures set under the Convention. The courses entitled "Introduction to CITES for Customs" and "Training course for enforcement officers and information module for prosecutors and the judiciary" introduce customs officers dealing with CITES protected specimens to the Convention's provisions and guidelines in order to improve enforcement of wildlife laws and regulations.
Convention on Biological Diversity
The course on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for customs and border officials was developed jointly by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Customs Organization (WCO). Its five modules aim at providing customs and border officials with a broad understanding of the Protocol and the requirements for its enforcement, as well as to demonstrate the importance of a safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms.
BRS Secretariat and INTERPOL: E-learning module for law enforcement officers
INTERPOL and the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions jointly launched an e-learning course on hazardous chemicals and wastes. The module, divided in 7 chapters, takes law enforcement officers trough all the required steps and procedures to assess, identify, classify and process imports and exports of hazardous chemicals and wastes under the BRS Conventions, whilst ensuring the protection of human health and the environment.
Rotterdam Convention e-learning tool
The Interactive Training on the Operation of the Rotterdam Convention (ITORC) provides technical training to Designated National Authorities and other stakeholders for the implementation of the Convention. Based on case studies, it contains a wide range of information and advice on all operational procedures and formal requirements to be met under the Rotterdam Convention.