Time to clean up the West Bank

It is obvious to everyone that there is an environmental problem in the West Bank. As one passes through the outskirts of Ramallah, scattered rubbish, hundreds of thousands of used plastic bags and empty bottles, car wrecks, worn out car tires, and truck-load after truck-load of construction waste meet the eye.

But soon, tougher times may await environmental offenders in the West Bank. As the Palestinian Civil Police, the Environmental Quality Authority and prosecutors from the Attorney General’s Office beef up their capacity to fight environmental crimes and prosecute perpetrators, the Mission has launched a series of supportive actions to assist the Palestinian Authority in managing the increasing environmental burden on the Palestinian society.

Read the full story in the new edition of the EUPOL COPPS Newsletter here.

Top Photo: Truck-load after truck-load of construction waste is dumped randomly along highways and byways leading to and from urban areas. The time has come to clean up.
Bottom Photo: Rocco Ots has worked as the Mission’s expert within the field of Environmental Investigations in Palestine. He is from Estonia where he serves as Head of the Investigation Department of the Estonian Environmental Inspectorate.