G-MEC – Greater Mediterranean Programme on Environmental Crime

G-MEC – Greater Mediterranean Programme on Environmental Crime

The Siracusa International Institute’s Greater Mediterranean Programme on Environmental Crime aims at assisting States of the Mediterranean region and increasing their ability to address the various aspects of environmental crime. It will be conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Border Management Branch, through its Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and Global Programme on Crimes that Affect the Environment (GPCAE), as the Institute’s major partner and with the support of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM). Its objectives are to

  • build the knowledge base on environmental crime in the Mediterranean, as well as best practices and innovative approaches;
  • align national environmental crime strategies of EU and non-EU Mediterranean countries and foster cooperation;
  • harmonise and ensure compatibility between the environmental crime legislation of EU and non-EU Mediterranean countries;

provide specialised training on environmental crime to countries in the region that would benefit the most from it.

The Programme is articulated in nine Modules, designed to be carried out independently or simultaneously. The initial phase of the project is expected to last 36 months, depending on the number and phasing of modules implemented during the course of the project. At the end of phase I, a review of achievements will be assessed by the Steering Committee before launching phase II. These modules revolve around three domains of intervention: research, capacity-building and technical assistance.

The programme will be conducted jointly by the Siracusa International Institute and UNODC GMCP and GPCAE, with the support of PAM. The Institute and UNODC will leverage their respective technical expertise in the abovementioned three domains, while PAM will support the initiative on a political level, providing a forum to strengthen regional cooperation and stimulate the political debate around the initiative. It will also support engagement activities with the national governments of target countries. The programme will benefit from UNODC’s strong field presence and experience in addressing crimes that affect the environment and maritime crime as key elements of effective delivery.