June 30, 2010

UNEP: Migratory Species Exceptionally Vulnerable to Climate Change

Filed under: biodiversity, climate — inece @ 7:58 am

Endangered Loggerhead Turtle (unep.org)

Migratory species such as turtles and whales are exceptionally vulnerable to climate change, according to preliminary findings from a forthcoming United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report — Climate Change Vulnerability of Migratory Species.

Research by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for UNEP’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (UNEP/CMS) shows that even the subtle changes in environmental conditions that could be caused by climate change could have catastrophic consequences for animals that migrate.

Migratory species are particularly threatened by climate change as they depend on different habitats to breed, feed and rest. The findings from the report will facilitate the Convention’s response to assist migratory species in adapting to climate change at a global level, CMS Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema said.

Among those species that could be affected are loggerhead turtles, which frequently migrate through British waters. Risks to them include the loss of suitable beaches for nesting due to sea-level rise, and a rise in temperature that could cause whole populations to be feminized, eradicating males from the species.

excerpted from UNEP Press Release

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June 29, 2010

New INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network Site Launched

Filed under: INECE Secretariat, seaports — inece @ 10:14 am

New SESN Web Site

The INECE Secretariat relaunched the website of the Seaport Environmental Security Network (INECE SESN) to make the page more user friendly and more resource focused.

The new page features information on getting involved with the SESN, tools for practitioners — including training resources, information on SESN workshops, and relevant publications from INECE’s library.

The site also features automated integration of the seaport-related news from the INECE News page to help to keep that page up-to-date and interesting for users.

INECE encourages participants to submit news, resources, meeting summaries and reports, and other relevant resources for inclusion on the webpage. Please email resources or links to inece@inece.org or share as a comment to this message.

AELERT Newsletter Profiles Environmental Compliance and Enforcement in Australiasia

Filed under: Australasia — inece @ 9:33 am

The Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network

The Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators neTwork (AELERT) is a network of environmental regulatory agencies working to  build relationships between jurisdictions to facilitate the sharing of information and improve the regulatory compliance capacity of member agencies.

AELERT’s Winter 2010 Newsletter [pdf] provides an overview of a range of activities and events being undertaken across AELERT at the moment, along with a Member Profile and 2010 AELERT Conference update.

The 2010 AELERT Conference will focus on the theme “Diversity in Environmental Regulatory Responses” and will be held on 3-5 November in Canberra, Australia. The AELERT Conference provides an opportunity for practitioners within environmental regulatory agencies to discuss and highlight their experiences in regulatory practice, licensing, policy, compliance monitoring, audit and the investigation and enforcement of environmental offenses. The Conference will feature keynote speaker David Suzuki, as well as high-level keynote speakers from the region.

Find more information about the Conference, including the draft Program and Registration process, on the Conference website www.conlog.com.au/aelert2010. The  2010 AELERT Conference information sheet [pdf] also is available.

June 28, 2010

Workshop Results in Cooperation Among African Environmental Port Managers

Filed under: Africa, seaports — inece @ 5:57 pm

The first conference for West and Central African ports on improving the environment in the port area and the hinterland transport corridors held in Tema Ghana was very successful.

The conference was organized by the Ports Environmental Network-Africa (PENAf) on the request of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA), the Ports Management Association of East and Southern Africa (PMAESA), and the Interim Guinea Current Commission (IGCC) and in a close cooperation with the ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

More than 120 participants from ports and countries from all over Africa, and specialists from outside Africa, exchanged strategies and practical solutions for sustainable management of ports and logistics.

The conference has led to the set up of a cooperative network that will facilitate the exchange of good practice experience in environment, sustainability and logistics. The main aim of the cooperative network is the introduction of basic environmental management systems and standards for ports and logistics in Africa. The approach that is chosen is to realize a reduction of costs in the chain together with a reduction of environmental impact. The new cooperation will build upon the proven and worldwide accepted port environmental management standards of Ecoports Foundation and the recently developed additional instruments for sustainable chain management.

The INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network delivered a presentation during the workshop on controls for transboundary movements of hazardous waste through seaports.

The full press release is available here.

For more information, visit Ports Environmental Network-Africa.

Hazardous Waste Inspections Profiled on RadioBremen

Filed under: Europe, seaports — inece @ 4:31 pm

A recent report on RadioBremen explored how police, customs and environmental authorities have collaborated at the container port in Bremerhaven to detect illegal transboundary movements of hazardous waste and deter “waste tourism.”

The port of Bremen is participating in the INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network.

The report is available online in German.

June 25, 2010

Webcast: “The Porter Hypothesis at 20: How Can Environmental Regulation Enhance Innovation and Competitiveness?”

Filed under: Uncategorized — inece @ 2:08 pm

SustainableProsperity.ca will host a webcast on Monday, 28 June 2010, from 12:20-2:00 p.m. EST on “The Porter Hypothesis at 20: How Can Environmental Regulation Enhance Innovation and Competitiveness?

The webcast will feature keynote speaker Prof Michael Porter of Harvard University (seen by many as the world’s top competitiveness expert), followed by an International Experts Panel chaired by Cassie Doyle, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada, with Prof Daniel Esty (Yale University), Prof Bernard Sinclair-Desgagné (HEC Montréal) and Prof Mikael Skou-Andersen (European Environment Agency).  They will discuss how environmental regulations can be designed to boost innovation and competitiveness.

After the keynote and panellists, there will be a Q&A period, with opportunities for those participating by webcast to pose their questions.

For an article describing the implications of the “Porter Hypothesis” to the practice of environmental compliance, please see this chapter introduction from Making Law Work. A background paper, Porter Hypothesis at 20: Chairs Paper, is also available from SustainableProsperity that summarizes international research on the Porter Hypothesis.

To participate, visit www.sustainableprosperity.ca.

June 23, 2010

Asian Judges: Green Courts and Tribunals, and Environmental Justice

Filed under: Judges and Prosecutors — inece @ 4:58 pm

The Asian Development Bank recently released a Law and Policy Reform Brief on environmental courts and tribunals in Asia [pdf]. The report describes ADB’s capacity building work on the topic and reviews recent developments in the Philippines, India, China, Indonesia, and Thailand, and summarizes future events, including a regional symposium in July 2010.

June 22, 2010

Port Environmental Managers gather for 1st West & Central Africa Working Conference

Filed under: Africa, INECE Secretariat, seaports — inece @ 3:08 pm

From 15-17 June, following an intiative of a new NGO called Ports Environmental Network Africa (PENAf), environmental managers of the ports in the West & Central African Region met in Tema, Ghana for their first conference. The meeting was organized in collaboration with the Port Management Associations of West and Central Africa and of East and Southern Africa (PMAWCA and PMAESA). In-kind support was given through the ports of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, as well as through INECE.

The aim of the meeting was to create a platform for exchange of information, experiences and practical approaches to improve environmental performance in the port areas. Ports are vital to the economies of countries in the West and Central African region: more than 90% of their foreign trade moves through their ports, accounting for approximately 25% of their GDPs. Increasing trade and shipping activities will be important to fuel the economic growth. This implies substantial investment in the ports, including in environmental management to make them sustainable.

Important common issues in the ports of the region show a broad spectrum: waste from ship operations, oil spills, ballast water management, dredging, effluents, water quality, noise, dust, air pollution and habitat degradation. Another common denominator is the trade of legal and illegal waste through the ports and the associated risks for public and occupational health and the environment, both in the port area and the hinterland. Together with the ballast water and oil spill issues, waste shipment was the  major topic at the meeting. Raising awareness, building capacity, and stimulating concrete practical cooperation are important approaches towards assessing and improving the situation.

INECE was asked to familiarize the participants with its Seaport Environmental Security Network. To this end, a plenary presentation was given to highlight backgrounds, goals, and focus of the INECE SESN. Subsequently, during a workshop, the issue of waste shipments and their detection and follow-up was elaborated more in depth. During this very interactive session, a great deal of interest in the SESN approaches was shown, including from the Francophone countries represented at the meeting. Recommendations that emerged from the session included the development of an inventory in order to get the broader picture of the current situation with regards to the (management of) waste shipments in relevant ports.  The INECE SESN will continue to partner with PENAf in responding to compliance and enforcement capacity building needs of seaport environmental managers.

GreenPorts Article on Combating Illegal Waste Shipments

Filed under: seaports — inece @ 2:56 pm

The most recent edition of the GreenPort Journal shares an article on Combating Illegal Waste Shipments [pdf] written by Gerard Wolters and Henk Ruessink.

Reviewing the goals and objectives of the INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network and related initiatives, the article recognizes that it is time for concerted public and private approaches to combat the illegal shipment of waste through seaports and presents a call for action.

June 8, 2010

Summary Report Released on a Workshop on Satellite Monitoring for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement

Filed under: Compliance Inspections, Environmental Crime — inece @ 6:04 pm
SPACE RADAR IMAGE OF OIL SLICKS

NASA JPL

On 20 April 2010, the Institute for Environmental Security (IES) and the T.M.C. Asser Institute organised a meeting on The Hague Environmental Law Facility (HELF) to discuss the application of satellite monitoring for environmental law enforcement. Around 40 experts took part in the event, including practitioners from the remote sensing community,  the legal sphere, and enforcement agencies.IES recently released a summary report from the meeting, available online.

The outcomes of this workshop are important contributions to the field of identifying applications of remote sensing data in the context of environmental compliance and enforcement. Data collected remotely — which encompasses a range of mechanisms from complex satellite data systems to aircraft-based flyovers — can be an important source of information for environmental authorities. The use of remote sensing information to aid in environmental compliance inspections is explored in an INECE 8th Conference paper, Use of Remote Sensing and Other Investigatory Techniques.

The image to the right for example, captured by a radar sensor aboard a space shuttle, depicts an offshore drilling field in the Arabian Sea. The dark streaks are extensive oil slicks surrounding many of the drilling platforms, which appear as bright white spots. Radar images are useful for detecting and measuring the extent of oil seepages on the ocean surface, from both natural and industrial sources.  Click the image for more information and a larger version.

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