The Center of Excellence for Reducing the Supply of Illicit Drugs (CdE) started, this week, the Pilot Project for Monitoring the Illicit Drugs Market in Brazil. To present the project, an inter-institutional meeting was held on March 28 and 29, at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP), in Brasília.
Representatives of the National Secretariat for Drug Policy and Asset Management (SENAD/MJSP), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) attended the opening, which also featured interlocutors of the Integrated System for Monitoring Illicit Crops (SIMCI), a UNODC project in Colombia.
On the occasion, the CdE also presented its thematic bulletin “Monitoring the Prices of Illicit Drugs: Lessons learned in Colombia and possible challenges in Brazil”, prepared in partnership with SIMCI. The objective of the bulletin is to introduce the issue from a technical perspective, through documented international experiences and, mainly, with reference to the lessons learned in Colombia.
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Representatives of the states of Mato Grosso, Paraná, Pernambuco and São Paulo also participated in the activities, where the pilot project will be implemented.
“With these activities, we hope to standardize the concepts and definitions of several variables, such as the price, which are combined with drug seizure data, in such a way that we can build together with the police institutions of each state a more efficient monitoring system. broad and diversified information on the illicit drug market”, says the coordinator of the CdE, Gabriel Andreuccetti.
About the COE
The CdE is the result of an innovative partnership between SENAD/MJSP, UNODC and UNDP in Brazil. The CdE's proposal is to contribute with qualified information on the supply of drugs in the country through the sharing of scientific evidence on illicit markets.
SIMCI is a technological project that, in addition to monitoring the cultivation of illicit drugs for two decades, promotes studies in related areas, having developed a methodology to estimate the price of illicit drugs in different regions of Colombia. Since 1999, through the use of satellites and field verification, the project has calculated the extent of the areas of illicit coca cultivation and the potential for cocaine hydrochloride production in the country, building historical series that support annual reports on the subject.
In addition, SIMCI promotes thematic studies on the cultivation of marijuana and poppies, on the chemical substances used in the production of drugs, and on the illicit extraction of minerals. The project's research model, with a geographic focus, is based on the construction of primary information, fieldwork and the design of indicators to obtain data.