Fact Sheet: Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC)


Date of establishment August 2005 (The first meeting of a group that became ARPEC later)
Legal basis MEAs and national laws and regulations associated with them (Note: This is an “informal network”)
Objective To enhance cooperation, collaboration and the exchange of best practice to develop the regional response to environmental crime across Asia and the Pacific.
Nature Meeting
Membership any intergovernmental, non-governmental organizations, governmental agencies and private institutions that are active in combatting environmental crimes in Asia and the Pacific
Observers None
Geographical scope Regional – Asia and the Pacific with participants from across the globe
Substantive Scope wildlife crime (terrestrial and marine); forest crime and timber trafficking, and pollution crimes including illegal trade in ozone depleting substances (ODS) and hazardous waste
Governance structure ARPEC is administered by UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) with collaboration from active partners such as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and INTERPOL
Cooperation various
  • Twelve face-to-face meetings in Bangkok, Thailand, have been held.
  • A joint awareness-raining event was held in 2010.
  • Media releases have been issued.
  • A number of spin-off projects and joint activities have been organized through contacts and bilateral relationships cultivated through ARPEC.
Source of funding In-kind contributions from partners
Contact information Mr. Justin Gosling
Senior Advisor - Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Consultant)
UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Room #0245, B Wing, 2nd Floor,
UN Building, Ratchadamnern Nok Avenue
Bangkok 10020, Thailand
TEL: + 66 2 288 2645
FAX: +66 2 288 3041
Email: gosling@un.org