August 17, 2010

INECE Mid-Year Update on Priority Projects

Filed under: INECE Secretariat — inece @ 12:59 pm

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to provide an update on INECE priority projects during the spring and summer of 2010.

These include the Seaport Environmental Security Network Inspection Month; the Strategic Dialogue on Climate Compliance; ongoing capacity building activities under the International Network for Environmental Compliance Training Professionals (“ECT Professionals”); and the development of and support for regional environmental compliance and enforcement networks.

Participants in INECE’s Seaport Environmental Security Network launched a 45-day International Hazardous Waste Inspection Month at Seaports on 1 June 2010. 15 countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas participated in the event which was designed to build capacity to detect and deter illegal shipments through seaports and raise awareness of the need for inter-agency collaboration and to the benefits of regular joint environmental inspections at seaports. A report from the project will be available on the INECE website later in the year. Visit http://inece.org/seaport/ or email sesn@inece.org for more information about the Network.

Additionally, INECE signed a cooperative agreement with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention in support of activities of mutual interest, including the Seaport Network.

INECE Climate Compliance Network Strategic Dialogue

INECE convened 43 participants from 18 countries and organizations in London during the INECE Climate Compliance Network Strategic Dialogue to respond to vulnerabilities to non-compliance in greenhouse gas emissions markets and to elicit recommendations for actions to promote compliance, build capacity, and cultivate enforcement cooperation.

The Dialogue resulted in a call to action to respond to immediate and long term needs of practitioners in developed and developing countries in identifying cost-effective strategies for initiating and expanding national programs on monitoring, reporting, and verification.

For more information on INECE Climate Compliance activities, see http://inece.org/climate/ or email kjm at earthpace.com

INECE continues to expand its capacity building programs under the ECT Professionals Network, including facilitating workshops in Central America on the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement and on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators. INECE continues to add resources to the Training Resource Library and is developing a “corps” of environmental compliance training professionals.

For more information, see http://inece.org/trainersnetwork/ or email inece at inece.org.

Participants at the East African Network Launching Conference

INECE collaborated with partners in five East African countries to launch the East African Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE) on 6-7 May 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. Planned activities of EANECE include convening intra-governmental meetings in each of the five countries with the goal of launching national practitioner networks that will feed into the broader regional network.

More information on EANECE, including the network charter and Launching Conference report, is available at http://inece.org/eanece/.

INECE expanded its news page to reflect activities of the Secretariat and of INECE participants around the world. You may sign up to receive news updates using the links in the “Connect with INECE” block on the news page — http://inece.org/news.html, including through Facebook, email sign-up, or RSS feed.

INECE accepts news and article submissions and I encourage each of you to share relevant news with the INECE Secretariat via inece at inece.org so that the broader practitioner community can be informed of your efforts.

I also encourage you to consider becoming involved in one or more of the projects described above and to contact the INECE Secretariat at inece at inece.org to express your interest or with any questions.

Best,

Durwood Zaelke
Director, INECE Secretariat

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