March 25, 2011

Israel Approves Environmental Enforcement Law

Filed under: Uncategorized — inece @ 8:41 pm

Copyright: Yan Vugenfirer

The Environmental Enforcement Law, initiated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection, was approved for second and third readings by the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environmental Protection Committee on March 14, 2011.

The law applies the inspection powers of the ministry to the State and its agencies, including the Israel Defense Forces and defense agencies (which will be subject to a separate enforcement procedure). In addition, the law widens the powers of the ministry’s environmental inspectors, including the authority to enter a premise, take samples and measurements, seize any object linked to the environmental offense and conduct investigations.

Full story: http://bit.ly/h3zF5N

March 21, 2011

MEAs: State of Affairs and Developments 2010 Now Available

Filed under: Publications — inece @ 1:47 pm

This edition of Multilateral Environmental Agreements: State of Affairs and Developments, updated for 2010  by editor Philip Drost (a Senior Legal Counsel at the Directorate International Affairs, Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment), brings together the texts of the most important multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), including the most recent texts of Rules of Procedure, Financial Rules, and Compliance Procedures.

A short description of each MEA is given, including a fact sheet covering date of adoption, date of entry into force, parties, amendments, and Convention of the Parties (COP) history. The ‘Year-in-Review’ section gives an account of the most salient negotiating issues and developments in the year, while the ‘Year Ahead’ section shows what the key negotiating issues will be in the forthcoming year.

This work provides a comprehensive and indispensable tool for the MEA legal practitioner.

The publication can be ordered from Amazon, from ISBS books in the US and Canada, or by contacting the publisher using the information below:

Ordering Information (Europe)
Eleven International Publishing
tel: +31 (0)70 3307033
fax: +31 (0)70 3307030
e-mail: s.hoedt@budh.nl

Fraud in Electronics Take-back

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FAKE RECYCLERS PROFIT OFF E-WASTE

GEEP, March 9, 2011. Analysis by David Teeghman

http://news.discovery.com/tech/fake-recyclers-profit-off-e-waste.html

Important to know where your obsolete electronics end up. Recycling your electronic waste is a noble idea, but here’s the dirty little secret: even if you drop off your old electronics for recycling, it may never get recycled.

As OSNews’ Howard Fosdick describes some people fall victim to a scam called “fake recycling,” and just describing it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

Fake recyclers are organizations that approach well-meaning community groups like the Boy Scouts or the Make-a-Wish Foundation to help run a local “Recycling Day.” The idea is that people from the community will bring in their old electronics to the legitimate organization’s Recycling Day event. The fake recycler will then haul that e-waste away, and export it to another country with lax environmental regulations.

What’s in it for them? According to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, “Recyclers can make more money by exporting than they can by actually responsibly recycling. This is particularly true for recyclers who are collecting televisions, because it costs money to properly recycle old televisions. But they can get paid for exporting them.”

This story from the Basel Action Network details how Cartoosa, OK-based company, EarthEcycle allegedly conned the Humane Society and several other groups into running a “Recycle Day” Event, and then exported the goods to Hong Kong and South Africa. Last year, the EPA filed charges (download EarthECycle complaint) against the company for violating at least seven federal hazardous waste management regulation.

The EPA found other companies located in the state of Washington and Texas as well as in New Jersey illegally disposing of electronic waste

Full article available at: http://news.discovery.com/tech/fake-recyclers-profit-off-e-waste.html

March 14, 2011

UNITAR to Host Green Diplomacy e-Learning Program

Filed under: Compliance Training, UN System — inece @ 2:50 pm

The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will host an e-Learning course on Green Diplomacy, beginning Monday, 18 April and concluding on Friday, 27 May 27.

This course will address the challenges and opportunities for elevating environmental considerations into key spheres of multilateral diplomacy. Specifically it will examine the environmental concerns embedded within multilateral negotiations and policy processes related to human rights and humanitarian affairs, peace and security, trade and investment, global economic recovery and development cooperation.

The course will be delivered online and will allow the participant to work at his or her own pace, supported by multimedia, lesson materials, optional and required readings, discussion forums, negotiation simulation exercises, assessment quizzes, and other information.

UNITAR welcomes you to register for this course online at http://www.unitar.org/event/green-diplomacy or to contact Ms. Emily Fraser at ccdiplomacy at unitar.org for further information.

Condolences to Japan

Filed under: Asia, INECE Secretariat — Tags: — inece @ 1:50 pm

INECE expresses its sincere condolences to all those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and to our colleagues there.

March 10, 2011

The Philippines: Seized corals point to Punta Engaño officials

Filed under: Asia, biodiversity, Environmental Crime — Tags: — inece @ 3:02 pm

The Cebu Daily News reports:

A Capitol employee inventories corals confiscated during an NBI operation (CDN PHOTO/TONEE DESPOJO)

Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia said a charge of dereliction of duty would be filed against Punta Engaño barangay officials for failing to detect illegally harvested corals found in their area.

Garcia said the confiscated corals, which weighed more than a ton, included “endangered” species.

“The NBI will be filing the charges. You must understand that they will (have to) file charges against the barangay officials for dereliction of duty,” Garcia said.

Last Tuesday, Central Visayas operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) seized a truckload of corals that was abandoned in barangay Punta Engaño in Lapu-Lapu City.

The corals were brought to the Cebu Provincial Capitol and are now kept in the parking lot.

Joefrey Merencillo, agricultural chief III of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), said the confiscated corals weighed more than 1.4 tons.

BFAR said that at least three species from the batch were among those identified as “endangered.”

See the full article online, Seized corals point to Punta Engaño officials.

March 8, 2011

Canada Reports Record Seizure of Illegally Imported Ozone Depleting Substances

Filed under: Chemicals & Waste, Environmental Crime, North America — Tags: , — inece @ 2:10 pm

From the Environment Canada Press Release:

Following an investigation conducted by Environment Canada officers, the company Gestion Alexis Dionne Inc. and its president, Mr. Alexis Dionne, have accepted responsibility for the illegal importation of approximately 120,000 kg of chlorodifluoromethane (HFCF-22), a gas used in the refrigeration industry.

The company and its president have been charged with four counts of illegal importation of HFCF-22 between September 2008 and June 2009, in contravention of the Ozone-depleting Substances Regulations,1998.

With the agreement of the Attorney General of Canada, they have signed on March 2, 2011, an Environmental Protection Alternative Measures Agreement (EPAM) as provided under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

The charges against company Gestion Alexis Dionne Inc. and its president, Mr. Alexis Dionne, follow an investigation conducted by Environment Canada officers in 2009 at a warehouse located in Saint-Jérôme, Québec, where 5,315 cylinders, or approximately 72,285 kg, of HCFC-22 were discovered and seized. This is a record seizure.

Visit Environment Canada for the full Press Release.

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