July 26, 2011

Environmental Management Program, with Section on Compliance and Enforcement, Accepting Applications for Fall 2011

Filed under: Compliance Training, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 4:41 pm

The Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands offers a twelve-week long executive program on Environmental Management 16 September through 11 December 2011.

The Program teaches participants how to combine environmental policy, management, and technologies with stakeholders participation. Special attention will be given in the program to environmental inspection as an important tool to implement the environmental policy. During two days of the Program, Jo Gerardu of the INECE Secretariat will provide instruction on the principles of environmental compliance and enforcement.

The Program is targeted to the following environmental management professionals:  mid-level governmental officers, senior and mid-career executives from both public and private sector, and lecturers and consultants.

The application deadline for the program are due 15 August 2011.  The Program offers a limited number of fellowships.

To apply, complete the form available through the MSM website at http://www.msm.nl/Programs/Executive-Education/Open-enrollment/Environmental-Management/Apply-online.aspx. For more information, contact admissions@msm.nl.

 

More information: the Maastricht School of Management (MSM)  is a globally networked management school that provides state-of-the-art  education to managers and mid-career professionals from many different countries. The school’s objective is to enhance professional competence and enrich the lives and careers of those involved in the practice of management. They balance management theory with practical experience and research in a multicultural and multidisciplinary setting. Its activities translate that into specific efforts for executive training, degree granting, business consulting, and management research. 

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July 22, 2011

Kenyan president torches 5 tons of illegal ivory to focus attention on poaching

Filed under: Africa, biodiversity — Tags: — inece @ 10:34 am
Image (c) Barbara Lee Shaw

Image (c) Barbara Lee Shaw

From the Kenya Wildlife Service: 

Kenyan President  Mwai Kibaki on Wednesday 20 July 2011 set ablaze five tonnes of ivory …[to demonstrate that] Kenya would like to stand counted as a country in the forefront in wildlife conservation.

“Through the disposal of contraband ivory, we seek to formally demonstrate to the world our determination to eliminate all forms of illegal trade in ivory,’’ Kibaki told several hundred conservationists at the Kenya Wildlife Service paramilitary training school in Tsavo West National Park.“We must all appreciate the negative effects of illegal trade to our national economies. We cannot afford to sit back and allow criminal networks to destroy our common future.’’

…The action, which was part of the first ever African Elephant Law Enforcement Day celebrations, was …meant to draw the world’s attention to the plight of the African elephant across Africa. Speaking on behalf of the Lusaka Agreement Governing Council, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Uganda’s Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, said the collective message to poachers and traders in illegal wildlife was that “their days were numbered.”

Dr Noah Wekesa, Kenya’s Minister for Forestry and Wildlife said the message had been sent to all in the illegal trade chain “to abandon this business and be part of conservation efforts.”He proposed that in future, confiscated ivory should be disposed off in its country of origin to “send a powerful message to poachers that this business is not acceptable in their country.”

Dr Wekesa said Kenya was in the final stages of passing a new wildlife policy and bill which has heavy penalties that would serve as a deterrent to poaching and ensure that “illegal wildlife trade has no safe haven within our region.”

For the full article, see the Kenya Wildlife Service Website.

See also, more information on the African Elephant Law Enforcement Day.

July 21, 2011

UNODC: Sharing intelligence key to fighting environment crimes

Filed under: Environmental Crime, seaports, UN System — inece @ 2:37 pm

From the UNODC Press Release: 

National governments, international organizations and non-governmental organizations met to discuss critical issues related to the illicit trade of commodities such as wildlife, timber, fish and waste at the 11th Asian Regional Partners Forum on Combating Environmental Crime (ARPEC), held 13-14 July 2011 in Bangkok. Organized by the Regional Centre of UNODC in East Asia and the Pacific, this ARPEC meeting focused on the critical role of intelligence-sharing and media management in fighting organized environmental crime in Asian countries.

For the full article, see the UNODC web site.

See also, ARPEC’s Environmental Crime poster.

July 19, 2011

UNEP Report Identifies Enforcement As Enabling Condition to Green Economic Growth

Filed under: UN System — Tags: — inece @ 4:06 pm

UNEP’s new Green Economy Report demonstrates that the greening of economies is not generally a drag on growth but rather a new engine of growth; that it is a net generator of decent jobs, and that it is also a vital strategy for the elimination of persistent poverty.

The report finds, among other “enabling conditions,” that:

…a robust regulatory framework at the national level, as well as the effective enforcement of legislation, can be a potent means of driving green investment. Such a framework reduces regulatory and business risks, and increases the confidence of investors and markets. The use of regulations is often necessary to address the most harmful forms of unsustainable behaviour, either by creating minimum standards or prohibiting certain activities entirely. In particular, standards can be effective in promoting markets for sustainable goods and services, and can induce efficiency and stimulate innovation, which can have a positive effect on competitiveness. Standards may, however, pose a challenge to market access for small- and medium-sized enterprises, particularly from developing countries. It is therefore crucial for countries to balance environmental protection through the use of standards and other regulations with safeguarding market access.

The full report, along with a synthesis for policymakers and a summary of conclusions, is available through the UNEP web site at http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/GreenEconomyReport/tabid/29846/Default.aspx.

July 18, 2011

UNEP Convenes Meeting of Judges, Prosecutors and Enforcement Experts to Consider Integrated Enforcement to Combat Illegal Trade in Ozone Depleting Substances

Filed under: Judges and Prosecutors — Tags: , — inece @ 7:25 am

From UNEP OzoNews

For the first time UNEP has held a ‘brainstorming symposium’ involving High Court Judges, Prosecutors and a range of other experts to discuss the means to better address the issue of smuggling of ozone depleting substances (ODS). The symposium held on the  9-10 June 2011 in Paris was hosted by the OzonAction Branch of the United Nations Environment Programme Division of Technology, Industry and Economics and held in cooperation with UNEP Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC).

The brainstorming provided the opportunity to share experiences and ‘on the ground’ realities and needs of developing countries in relation to illegal trade. It allowed a better common understanding of the various relevant ongoing and existing initiatives, activities and training materials. The experiences and insights of the participants  provided crucial guidance in considering the means of advancing the role of the entire enforcement chain including judges, prosecutors, attorneys, police and customs to enforce environmental agreements. The meeting decided on a list of practical recommendations to be taken up by UNEP and its partners in starting to plan future activities and potential synergies in addressing illegal trade in ODS and other commodities by the enforcement community.

For the full article, see UNEP DTIE OzoNews

July 14, 2011

World Bank Institute Launches “e-Institute” : A Virtual Classroom

Filed under: Compliance Training — inece @ 6:11 am

On July 13, 2011, the e-Institute – http://einstitute.worldbank.org/– World Bank’s global learning platform – went live. The e-Institute, led by the World Bank Institute, will offer practitioners a virtual classroom to share high quality learning and knowledge resources.

Many development practitioners around the world do not have easy access to cutting-edge learning. Available courses are usually not customized to local realities and potential participants have no budget to travel to a central location. Many struggle with problems similar to their peers in other developing countries but they have no platform to connect with each other and get feedback on their issues and concerns.

Taking advantage of new technologies, this learning experience will be affordable, innovative, and practitioner-focused. The e-Institute will also provide a one-stop shop portal – http://einstitute.worldbank.org/ – with a calendar to view the e-course offerings, monthly webinars, online learning communities, interviews, and multimedia.

July 12, 2011

Videos from CEC E-waste Public Forum Available Online

Filed under: North America, seaports — Tags: — inece @ 4:34 pm

Videos and presentations from the June annual meetings of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Council and Joint Public Advisory Committee are now available on the CEC website.

You can now watch the Managing E-waste in North America Public Forum, hosted by the Joint Public Advisory Committee on 21 June, in its entirety, and download presentations from sessions on environmentally sound management practices for e-waste, inter-agency enforcement cooperation and a roundtable discussion with representatives from Dell Global Takeback, Mexico’s REMSA, and the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

The forum also featured an overview of e-waste challenges and opportunities in North America by Sarah Westervelt, e-Stewardship Policy Director at the Basel Action Network.

See http://www.cec.org/Council2011.

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