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The Brazilian National Council of General Commanders of the Military Police hosted the New Technologies and Logistics Commission of the International Association of Gendarmerie and Police Forces with Military Statute (FIEP).

The Brazilian National Council of General Commanders of the Military Police has organized the New Technologies and Logistics (NTL) Commission of the FIEP Association in Florianopolis between 13 to 16 of March 2024. Representatives from “gendarmerie-type forces” and police forces with military status were received by the General Commander of the Council, Col. Paulo José Reis de Azevedo Coutinho, and by the General Commander of the Military Police of Santa Catarina State, Col. Aurelio José Pelozato da Rosa.

This is the third commission organized under the mandate of the current Italian Presidency of FIEP, assumed on October 25 by the Commanding General of the Arma dei Carabinieri, Lt. Gen. Teo Luzi. The works of the Italian Presidency are carried out around the main topic of debate “Protecting biodiversity and ecosystems: how Gendarmery-Type Forces (GTF) fight environmental crimes”.

During the NTL Commission the representatives (Points of Contact) of the FIEP Association were updated about the activities to be carried out during 2023 and 2024, such as the Human Resources Commission in Kuwait and the International Affairs Commission in Tunisia.

The Commission on New Technologies intends to understand the threats affecting environment, ecosystems and biodiversity in different regional areas of Member States. This precondition is necessary to understand the use of those tools (drones, satellite surveys, etc.) that, through monitoring and data collection, enable the protection and preservation of biodiversity in all its forms. The rapid and simple implementation of the latest technological infrastructures and the skills of the personnel employed increase the capacities to combat environmental crimes. Sharing knowledge, good practices and lessons learned can become a starting and a reference point for other FIEP members.

During the Meeting of Experts, the participants had the opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise related to the peculiar threats derived from environmental crimes and uncontrolled exploitation.

The FIEP Association was created in 1994, as an initiative of the Gendarmerie Forces of France, Italy and Spain after a meeting held in the Circle National d’Armée in Paris on February the 18 of 1993. Soon after, in 1996 Portugal joined the Association and therefore the acronym that identifies the Association (FIEP) was set. Nowadays the FIEP Association gathers a total of 21 gendarmeries and police forces of a military nature with origins as diverse as Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Tunisia, Kuwait, the Netherlands or Senegal, San Marino, as well as the most recent incorporation of Moldovan Carabinieri with an Observer status.

Through this international cooperation tool, the Institutions promote the exchange of information and experiences in various fields, such as the organization of the services, the use of new technologies, advances in human resources and logistics policies, in addition to sharing knowledge about international issues of interest, all in order to strengthen cooperation in the field of security and strengthen mutual relations.