May 20, 2010

National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network reconstituted (Ghana)

Filed under: Africa, Compliance Inspections — inece @ 3:41 pm

From the Ghanaian Journal

GNA – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday reconstituted the National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network to reinforce environmental laws in Ghana.

The network made up of several enforcement agencies like the Ghana Police Service, Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and various inspectorate agencies would in addition, be responsible for creating awareness about existing environmental laws.

Mr Jonathan Allotey, Executive Director of EPA, inaugurating the network said it was being reconstituted to strengthen collaboration between enforcement agencies and ensure the public complied with environmental laws.

“For instance there is a law banning the use of refrigerators with CFCs but some people are still importing such fridges to the market and we need CEPS to help check the effect of CFCs on the environment,” he said.

Mr Allotey expressed concern about the difficulty EPA faced in ensuring compliance with environmental laws and advised Ghanaians to build a culture of compliance.

He announced that to speed up the processes of acquiring environmental permit for projects, the EPA had started piloting an online registration project.

Mr Larsey Mensah, Director of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement at EPA said it had the mandate to require government agencies, MMDAs and other institutions to control pollution and protect the environment. He said reconstituting the network had become critical in view of the open violations of the various laws designed to ensure sustainability of the environment.

“The network would pay periodic visits to facilities that require various permits and licences from institutions to operate and verify whether or not there has been compliance in respect of the required operating permits and institute appropriate sanctions where necessary,” Mr Mensah added.

May 7, 2010

INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network Side Event at the Basel OWEG

Filed under: INECE Secretariat, seaports — inece @ 6:18 pm

The INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network (SESN) will hold an informational side event in Geneva at the upcoming seventh session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 7).

The side event, Information SessionCombating Illegal Hazardous Waste Trade Through Seaports — the INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network, is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 12 May from 1pm to 2 pm in Room 4 of the Geneva International Conference Centre (GICC).

The globalization of trade has raised new concerns about the illegal and improper transnational shipments of environmentally sensitive commodities.  Difficulties in performing inspections, tracking waste shipments, sharing information between government agencies and collaborating internationally leads to a failure to detect, deter and prevent the illegal transboundary movements of hazardous waste. The INECE SESN is creating mechanisms to increase awareness of common problems, detect and prevent non-compliance, and improve operational enforcement cooperation between countries. Join the INECE SESN for this side event to learn more about the Network’s activities and how to become involved.

New Publication Draws Attention to the Importance of Environmental Tribunals

Filed under: Judges and Prosecutors — inece @ 12:02 pm

Greening Justice:  Creating and Improving Environmental Courts and Tribunals is a new publication from WRI that profiles 33 environmental tribunals in 21 countries. The report is designed as a guide for government, judicial, and civil society leaders and members of the public who are interested in creating or reforming a specialized environmental court or tribunal to improve access to environmental justice.

The report finds that:

The number of ECTs has grown from only a handful in the 1970s to over 350 in 41 different countries today. Over half of these new courts and tribunals have been created just since 2004. This dramatic growth of ECTs worldwide is a function of other growth – growth in the complexity of environmental laws; in public awareness of environmental problems; and in the pressure on governments to provide access to information, access to public participation, and access to justice in protecting the environment for today’s and future generations.

By defining, 12 “building blocks” or design decisions that characterize all ECTs, the report sets forth a  “toolkit” for creating and improving environmental courts and tribunals (ECT) and for incorporating good design elements and best practices – to assist government and civil society leaders who are considering establishing or reforming an ECT.

The full publication is available for download from WRI at (scroll to the bottom of the page).

May 4, 2010

Nicaragua, INECE Collaborate on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

INECE, in cooperation with the Nicaragua’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, CCAD, and US EPA, convened a two-day workshop in Nicaragua on identifying, designing,and using environmental compliance and enforcement measures.  The workshop occurred simultaneously to events in Managua commemorating the fourth anniversary of Nicaragua signing the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.

The workshop was proceeded by a one day capacity building program on The Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement.

About INECE’s Work on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

Environmental compliance and enforcement indicators are instruments that measure results achieved by environmental compliance and enforcement programs. This information helps decision-makers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of those programs. The Performance Measurement Guidance for Compliance and Enforcement Practitioners  (2nd Edition) developed by INECE’s Expert Working Group on Indicators is available through INECE’s indicators web forum.  Course documentation is available through INECE’s Resource Library on Environmental Compliance Training.

Work in Central America on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

The work on environmental compliance and enforcement performance measures builds on a series of workshops convened over the past few years in Central America, including in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. For further background information on indicators work in Central America, see CCAD’s web site, including the follow articles:

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