May 27, 2011

Experts Agree to Develop Tools and Share Experiences in Conducting Hazardous Waste Inspection Projects

Filed under: 9th Conference, INECE Secretariat, seaports — inece @ 7:43 pm

On 18 May 2011, the INECE Seaport Environmental Security Network  (SESN) hosted a day-long meeting at the headquarters of the World Customs Organization in Brussels to share experiences in organizing international hazardous waste inspection projects. Participants included experts from: the European Union Network for Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law Transfrontier Shipments of Waste (IMPEL-TFS), Ghana Customs & Excise Preventive Service, the World Customs Organization’s Environmental Crime Programme and Regional Intelligence Liaison Office in Asia-Pacific, the Asia Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes, the Secretariat of the Basel Convention, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Discussions focused on common challenges associated with conducting international hazardous waste inspections projects, including: how to implement waste take-back procedures when an illegal shipment is detected, how to share sensitive information across borders, effectiveness of available communication tools and channels and the costs and benefits of various types of preparation and training tools and activities.

Participants agreed to: (1) create an ad hoc working group of experts to draft a guidance document on waste take-back procedures; (2) draft a summary document of available information sharing tools for use in inspection projects; (3) to ask the INECE trainers network to create a guidance document of good practices in inspection training; and (4) to work closely together to align projects, create synergies, and avoid redundancies.

The meeting followed a two-day meeting of the Waste Shipments Compliance and Enforcement Platform. The Waste Shipments Compliance and Enforcement Platform ( is a partnership between international organizations, national competent authorities and non-governmental organizations to align and amplify their efforts in tackling illegal movements of hazardous waste. These efforts are a combination of promoting awareness, capacity building and operational enforcement collaboration. INECE participates in the platform to share experiences conducting international hazardous waste inspection projects and related tools, resources and lessons learned.


May 18, 2011

New Translations Available for INECE’s Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Handbook

INECE’s Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Handbook (second edition) is a unique compendium of tools, strategies, best practices, and case examples on designing, implementing, and evaluating effective environmental compliance and enforcement programs. Drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), the Handbook provides actionable guidance for designing effective requirements, setting priorities, monitoring compliance, conducting enforcement response, and measuring program performance.

The Handbook has been translated into Spanish and French. The translations are available for download through the INECE website.

Manuel des principes de la conformité et de l’application environnementales PDF icon
Le manuel décrit certains des aspects importants de la conception, de la mise en œuvre et de l’évaluation de programmes efficaces de conformité et d’application environnementales.

Principios de Acatamiento y Ejecución Ambiental PDF icon
Este manual resalta algunas importantes consideraciones en el diseño, implementación y evaluación de programas de acatamiento y ejecución efectiva ambiental.

May 16, 2011

Compliance and Enforcement in Environmental Law: Toward More Effective Implementation

Filed under: 9th Conference, INECE Secretariat, Publications — inece @ 6:35 pm

Compliance and enforcement are critical elements of assuring that international environmental treaties and domestic environmental laws actually produce desired environmental outcomes. This timely work provides a comprehensive worldwide perspective on how to assure compliance with and enforcement of environmental laws more effectively.

Bringing together both leading academics and environmental professionals from 15 countries, the book addresses a range of key issues including the enforcement of multilateral agreements, compliance strategies and tools, the role of courts and citizens, protection of natural resources, and compliance issues related to economic instruments.

This comprehensive resource will strongly appeal to environmental enforcement professionals working for governments or international organizations, who are seeking new ideas for compliance and enforcement programs. Academics researching environmental law and international affairs will also find this book valuable.

‘The nations of the world are building the legal rules to stop pollution, protect biodiversity and promote sustainable development. But there is a gap between the rules and their compliance that must be closed if we are to protect the environmental foundation of our prosperity. This important collaboration between IUCN and INECE provides evidence and insights that will help judges, prosecutors, investigators and all who care about the planet, close the compliance gap.’
– Antonio Herman Benjamin, Justice, High Court of Brazil (STJ); Catholic University of Brasilia Law School; INECE EPC Co-chair; and IUCN Commission on Environmental Law

The publication is available from Amazon and directly from Edward Elgar Publishing.

May 3, 2011

Border controls used to address illegal fishing in Australia

Filed under: Australasia, marine, Uncategorized — inece @ 5:07 pm

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs attributes tough border control measures to dramatic reduction in illegal foreign fishing. According to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Minister told reporters that, “In 2006 there were 367 vessels, almost 3000 foreign fishers, apprehended in our waters.” However, the article notes that only eleven vessels have been intercepted so far this financial year and only 69 foreign fishers have been apprehended.

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