Head, INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme
David Higgins is the Head of the INTERPOL Environmental Crime Programme. The Programme works on global compliance and enforcement issues cross three main themes; environmental quality (pollution), biodiversity and natural resources. It provides a platform for transnational multi-disciplinary operations and investigations, bringing together police, environmental enforcement agencies, customs and other specialized departments.
Furthermore, the Programme focusses on information and intelligence exchange and analysis across INTERPOL’s 190 member countries, it develops capacity within its membership and maintains global networks in fisheries, pollution, wildlife enforcement and at the executive level of environmental compliance and enforcement.
Before commencing in this role he worked at the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts as Assistant Director in charge of Marine Species and Protected Area Investigations and International investigative liaison.
David has also worked for the Australian Customs Service, Maddox Jolie Pitt Project in Cambodia, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and the Tasmania Police Service. He has a bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Tasmania.