June 21, 2011

9th INECE Conference Kicks Off with Call to Action on Enforcement Cooperation

Filed under: 9th Conference, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 12:19 am

Justice Benjamin photo by: J. Lehane

The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) opened its 9th International Conference entitled “Enforcement Cooperation: Strengthening Environmental Governance” on 19 June 2011 in Whistler, Canada. The conference brings together national enforcement agencies, international institutions, and researchers to identify new actions to promote enforcement cooperation to combat environmental crime and promote green economy objectives.

Chief Gibby Jacob, hereditary Chief of the Squamish Nation, and Justice Antonio Benjamin of the High Court of Brazil, a renowned scholar and leader in the field of environmental compliance and enforcement, officially kicked-off the conference during the opening ceremony on Sunday evening, with remarks on the importance of working together around our shared and common values.

“The Conference provides an invaluable opportunity for environmental enforcement leaders from around the world to gain practical experience for strengthening environmental compliance programs,” said Durwood Zaelke, Director of the INECE Secretariat. “INECE Conferences, which are held once every three years, provide a unique forum for building capacity for compliance promotion and strengthening enforcement cooperation among government environmental protection agencies and other key stakeholders from international institutions.”

Cheif Gibby Jacob. Photo by J. Lehane

The Conference will features interactive discussions across seven thematic tracks: Enforcement Challenges Across Borders; Promoting Compliance with Climate-related Requirements; Proven Compliance and Enforcement Strategies; Improving Implementation of Environmental Legislation; Non-Traditional Approaches; Strengthening Environmental Compliance Institutions.

More than 80 papers from 50 countries and institutions were received as background for the Conference Program. These papers are available at http://inece.org/conference/9/pre-conference-papers/.

The Conference will result in recommendations to advance the role of environmental compliance and enforcement in achieving sustainable development objectives as part of the preparatory work for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20.

For more information, see http://www.inece.org/conference/9/.

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