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.

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