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Malawi is hosting a three-day long Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Organisation (SARPCO) meeting on environmental crimes investigations in the capital Lilongwe.The meeting, which began on Wednesday and runs until Friday, has been organized to share experiences, ideas, best practices and reinforce a collective approach to organized crimes in respective countries and the region as a whole. Original source: http://en.starafrica.com/news/malawi-hosts-regional-meeting-on-combating-environmental-crime.html

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As of 7 November 2014, maximum penalties significantly increased for a range of offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 (Qld) (EP Act). For some offences, this has resulted in more than a 300% increase in the maximum penalty. For instance, where the maximum penalty for a wilful contravention of a condition of an environmental authority was previously $1,138,500, it

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Combined estimates from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), UNEP and INTERPOL place the monetary value of all environmental crime – which includes logging, poaching and trafficking of a wide range of animals, illegal fisheries, illegal mining and dumping of toxic waste – at between US$70 and US$213 billion