Project WWF

The first education within the Criminalistics Education Module, which was intended for the education of multipliers from the ranks of the police, state inspectorate, customs, and park rangers, was held on April 29, 2022. in the premises of TA Snježna kraljica, Sljeme 4, on Zagreb’s Medvednica, while the second education was held on 3 April 2023. in the Zvonimir hotel in Otočac. 

After that, we held two more trainings for experts from competent state bodies and public institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Vitez on May 11 and 12, 2023. years. 

With these trainings, we rounded off the cycle of trainings on the application of criminalistics methodology in the function of suppressing punishable actions to the detriment of protected plant and animal species.

We participate in a project financially supported by the European LIFE program called “Successful Wildlife Crime Prosecution in Europe” (SWiPE). The project is carried out by WWF, Flora & Fauna International, TRAFFIC, the State Attorney’s Office of the Republic of Croatia, and the Judicial Academy of the Republic of Croatia, in 11 European countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Spain, and Ukraine.

WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) is a non-profit global organization that has been engaged in the preservation and protection of nature for more than half a century and operates in more than a hundred countries on six continents. In the Republic of Croatia, it operates as WWF Adria with headquarters in Zagreb.

At the level of the European Union, an initiative was recently launched for the most urgent and effective action to suppress criminal activities related to wild species of animals and plants, which initiative is manifested through the EU Action Plan for the suppression of illegal trade in wild fauna and flora.

As part of the mentioned WWF project “Successful Wildlife Crime Prosecution in Europe”, we created a criminal education module intended for competent officials of state and local authorities and nature conservationists from public institutions, in order to help them in more effective detection, clarification, and proof of misdemeanors and criminal offenses to the detriment of strictly protected animal and plant species.

In the period 2022 to 2023, we are conducting pieces of training to help improve the capacities of competent state and public bodies.