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 (wscep.org) 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.

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