ODS TRACKING: Feasibility Study on Developing a System for Monitoring the Ozone Depleting Substances

<p>Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”</p>There are many possible components and variations of ‘systems for monitoring transboundary movement’ or ‘tracking mechanisms’. Import and export licensing schemes (national or international), information exchange systems, labelling and marking regulations, and customs codes, all have important roles to play in making possible the monitoring of movements of ODS across national boundaries. All can also fail to perform adequately, because of problems with their design or implementation, leading to unregulated, unreported or misreported trade; other weaknesses are connected to the general problems of monitoring international trade.