April 19, 2010

Nigeria Intercepts Electronic Waste at Lagos’ Port

Filed under: Africa, seaports — Tags: — inece @ 4:04 pm

Nigeria intercepted a shipping container conveying electronic wastes with a bill of lading that did not match the shipment’s contents, as a result of cooperation between Nigeria’s National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Planning and Spatial Environment (VROM) as participants in INECE’s Seaport Environmental Security Network.

The shipper identified the contents of the container as “used items comprising a motor vehicle and miscellaneous personal effects, including electronic items (television sets and a car audio system),” but, when opened at the port, was found by authorities to contain 70 storage (lead) batteries (classified as A1180, waste electronics, under the Basel Convention), broken black and white television sets, tires which were more in number than listed on the bill of lading, refrigerators, and vehicle spare parts.

The container was transported aboard MV Maersk Nashville. Managing Director of Maersk Nigeria Ltd, Mr. David Skov, said in a statement that “[i[t is the responsibility of our customers, the shippers, to correctly declare the contents of the containers. Maersk Line and Safmarine recognise that transport of illegal waste has negative effects on people’s health as well as the environment in the countries where such illegal waste is discharged. As responsible companies, we do not want to participate in such trade.”

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April 13, 2010

Workshop on Cooperation to Strengthen Environmental Compliance and Enforcement in Kenya

Filed under: Africa — Tags: , — inece @ 2:55 pm

On 31 March 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority convened a Workshop for the Launch of a Kenyan Chapter of a Proposed East African Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE).  The workshop brought together Kenyan environmental authorities to explore interest in and opportunities for cooperation in the field Kimana Reserve, Kenyaof environmental compliance and enforcement in Kenya.

Mr. Durwood Zaelke, Director of the INECE Secretariat, presented remarks on the history of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and discussed lessons learned from existing regional environmental compliance and enforcement networks, including the Maghreb Regional Network (NECEMA) and the Arab Regional Network (ANECE). INECE EPC Member Donald Kaniaru delivered an informative presentation on “Environmental Law: opportunities for compliance and enforcement cooperation and networking in East Africa.”

The workshop demonstrated strong support by Kenya’s environmental institutions to strengthen national collaboration on environmental governance through the development of a Kenyan Chapter of the proposed EANECE and further demonstrated strong support for regional collaboration through the establishment of the EANECE.

A regional environmental compliance and enforcement workshop is scheduled for 6-7 May 2010 to explore support for the EANECE among environmental authorities from the East Africa nations of Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, and Kenya. The proposal for EANECE builds on commitments to explore opportunities for regional networking in Africa made during INECE’s 8th International Conference held in April 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Both the national and regional workshops have been made possible through the support of the DANIDA/SIDA-funded Environment Programme Support (EPS) and the active engagement of various Kenyan stakeholders.

April 12, 2010

INECE EPC Co-Chair Celebrates Launch of Million Tree Campaign with James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver in Brazil

Filed under: biodiversity, Forests, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 9:32 pm

Avatar Director James Cameron and Actress Sigourney Weaver were in São Paulo on Sunday to plant the first tree as part of a global partnership to plant one million trees worldwide.

Cameron planted the pau-brasil – a native Brazilian tree – which is a powerful symbol of recuperation of the forests in that country and a species that is 99% extinct. The tree was planted in Ibirapuera Park, the most important and famous park in the city of São Paulo.

Cameron and Weaver were joined by prominent Brazilian officials, including Antonio Herman Benjamin, Justice of the High Court of Brazil and INECE EPC Co-Chair.  Justice Benjamin, Cameron, and Weaver toured Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, which is designated as a World Biosphere Reserve. Justice Benjamin emphasized the importance of compliance and enforcement in protecting this unique biodiversity hotspot, which is home to more than 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians — including nearly 200 bird species found nowhere else, and more than 20,000 species of plants.

April 9, 2010

Updated Resource Page on Environmental Compliance Inspections

What is an environmental compliance inspection? What makes an environmental compliance inspection effective? Are there international good practices which can inform the design of an environmental compliance inspection program?

Visit INECE’s Environmental Compliance Inspections Forum for resources which can help answer these questions. The newly updated forum features improved integration with INECE’s Environmental Compliance Resource Library and a revised focus on sharing good international practice through featured case studies published as part of INECE’s past conference proceedings.

Suggest additional links and resources by emailing the INECE Secretariat at inece at inece.org.

April 5, 2010

INECE Director Receives International Environmental Law Award

Filed under: INECE Secretariat — inece @ 8:48 am

Photo (c) Barbara Lee ShawIn March, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) presented its International Environmental Law Award to the  co-founders of CIEL:  Durwood Zaelke, James Cameron, Wendy Dinner, Philippe Sands, and Barbara Shaw.  CIEL’s International Environmental Law Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the effort to achieve solutions to environmental problems through international law and institutions.

“Without the vision, dedication and hard work of these individuals, CIEL would not exist today or be able to perform the extraordinary work for which it is renowned all over the world.”

CIEL is a nonprofit organization working to use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. Mr. Zaelke served as CIEL’s president from 1989 to 2003.

April 2, 2010

Telemarketing Fraud Affects Australian Voluntary Carbon Offset Market

Filed under: climate — inece @ 12:20 pm

Reuters reports that more than 100 people have told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) they have lost money after being duped by an aggressive telemarketing scheme run by WesternField Holdings Inc., which has defrauded investors of US$3.2 million in a carbon investment scheme.

Reuters notes that:

The case risks denting the reputation of the unregulated voluntary carbon offset market, which has been damaged in the past by allegations of fraud and double-counting, although market players said its small size meant it wouldn’t have a big impact.

The state-backed ACCC has labeled the firm’s carbon investment offerings a scam that preys on investors’ desire to do something good for the environment. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has blacklisted WesternField, accusing it of investment fraud.

April 1, 2010

Taking Wildlife Crime Seriously: UNICRI Magazine Focuses on Environmental Crime

Filed under: Environmental Crime — inece @ 2:45 pm

The current edition of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute’s magazine, Freedom from Fear, focuses on environmental crime, covering topics including:

UNICRI’s 2009 publication, Eco-crime and Justice: Essays on Environmental Crime, also is available for complimentary download from the site at http://www.unicri.it/.

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