European Workshop on Water Crimes

The WATER CRIMES project held a workshop on water crimes on November 10 and 11, 2016, in La Coruna, Spain. This first gathering of experts in the field of water-related crimes brought together experts from throughout Europe to agree on a definition of water crimes and to design a threat and risk assessment methodology. Participants included experts from government institutions, academia, research institutes, organisations from EU member states and international organisations. (See the list of participants.)

The consortium presented the findings of research on water-related crimes in Hungary, Italy, Slovenia and Spain. Findings for the Netherlands were also presented in collaboration with the Netherlands Police and Police Academy. These results will be included in the first detailed inventory of crimes against water in Europe, which is one of the deliverables of the WATER CRIMES project.

The workshop also served as a platform for discussions on the creation of a methodology for threat and risk assessment in relation to water crimes in Europe. Following fruitful discussions and clarifications, two focal groups were established to collect precise inputs from experts on the methodology. The results of the discussions are now being analysed by the consortium.

Further details about the workshop can be found in the agenda.

Keynotes and conclusions

The mid-term meeting of the consortium took place on the margins of the workshop, on November 9 and 10, 2016. The meeting proved a very productive opportunity for the consortium to fine-tune the upcoming workshop, discuss the progress of project activities, and decide on the next steps.

The European workshop on water crimes was organised by the University of La Coruna in cooperation with the consortium within the framework of the WATER CRIMES project, which was launched in January 2016 and is co-funded by the Internal Security Fund of the European Union. The primary aims of the project are to provide the first strategic analysis of crimes against water resources in Europe and to advance knowledge in this field.