2013 VJ

2013 VJ


Eco-crime: illegal deforestation

Ecological crime is a new branch of global organized crime. It has become highly lucrative to deal in Nature’s precious resources. One of these resources is the tropical rainforest. As a result of illegal logging, only 10% of the original primary forest cover remains today. It is therefore of vital importance that national and international laws are established. However, this remains a tremendous challenge for many countries. This symposium focuses on the causes of illegal logging, the extent of deforestation and the solutions, both at a (trans)national level as well as on the level of local communities.


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Arturo Balderas

Dr. Tim Boekhout van Solinge is assistant professor in criminology at Utrecht University. He specializes in illegal logging in e.g. the Amazone region in Brazil and Borneo.

Prof. Dr. Andrew Skidmore is Head of the Department of Natural Resources at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of the UT and Professor of Land Cover Mapping and Monitoring at Wageningen University. His research mainly focuses on vegetation mapping and monitoring techniques.

Dr. Arturo Balderas obtained his PhD degree at the Twente Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development, UT. His field of expertise concerns the design of policies for sustainable use of forests, both at a national and local level.

Tuesday, May 7, 19.30-21.30 hrs. Vrijhof/Amphitheater.

This symposium is a co-production of Studium Generale and the Latin American Student Association La Voz.