New course at ILEA

New course at ILEA

From September 28 - October 2, 2015, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) held an Illegal Logging and Forest Crime course at ILEA Budapest, for Bosnian, Macedonian, Serbian and Ukrainian participants.

The course was designed for criminal investigators of illegal logging and forest crime. It focused on assessing specific regional enforcement needs to combat illegal logging and other forest crimes and on the importance of compiling and documenting accurate information involving illegal logging and other forest crimes.

The course demonstrated and discussed the importance of information sharing and communication between participant countries, law enforcement agencies, and prosecutorial entities and seeked to build and strengthen regional capacity to understand and enforce laws concerning illegal logging and forest crimes. The training was tailored accordingly to address the specific training needs of the countries represented.

Since it was the first Illegal Logging and Forest Crime course at ILEA Budapest, U.S. Ambassador Colleen Bell joined ILEA Director John Terpinas in opening the course.


Ambassador Bell opens the course on September 28, 2015