August 10, 2011

East African Network Launches New Website

Filed under: Africa, INECE Secretariat — Tags: — inece @ 3:30 pm

The East African Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE) has launched a new web site,  http://www.eanece.org/index.php, to promote the activities and results of the network.

Please visit the new site to learn more about this important initiative.

You also can follow EANECE on Facebook.

EANECE is an informal network of government agencies which have in their mandate environmental management, compliance and enforcement responsibilities in the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. EANECE was established in May, 2010 at a conference held at the United Nations Complex, Gigiri, Nairobi. 

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August 9, 2011

Statement on Enforcement Cooperation for Strengthening Environmental Governance

Filed under: 9th Conference, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 7:51 am

Image copyright Ken MarkowitzThe International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), a global network of environmental compliance and enforcement practitioners, released a statement on enforcement cooperation for strengthening environmental governance.The statement, which was released following INECE’s highly successful 9th International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, presents a Call to Action to the broader environmental compliance and enforcement community.

The statement was released by the three co-chairs of INECE’s Executive Planning Committee: Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin of the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice; Mrs. Catherine McCabe, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, US Environmental Protection Agency; and Mr. Gerard Wolters, Inspector General, International Enforcement Cooperation, Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Image by James LehaneThe 9th International Conference convened more than 170 participants from governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations from more than 65 countries and institutions in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, to share their expertise in environmental enforcement and to build and strengthen partnerships for effective enforcement actions.

The success of the 9th International Conference is reflected in this Statement, which highlights the launch of new environmental compliance and enforcement networks and which emphasizes the need to communicate the value of environmental compliance and enforcement in meeting environmental governance and green economy objectives.

The Statement concludes with a Call to Action to the INECE community — inspectors, prosecutors, regulators, parliamentarians, the judiciary, academics, representatives from international organizations, and representatives from non-governmental organizations and the private sector — to partner with the INECE Secretariat to undertake specific activities to advance cooperation and promote sustainable development.

We look forward to working with each of you to realize these activities. Please contact the INECE Secretariat for more information at inece@inece.org.

For background information on the Conference, including to access the 70 original papers submitted as part of the Proceedings, visit http://inece.org/conference/9/.

August 5, 2011

Thailand Courts to Launch New Environmental Divisions

Filed under: Asia, Judges and Prosecutors — Tags: , — inece @ 9:19 am

On 3 August 2011, Thailand announced the launch of new “environmental divisions” of its administrative courts to specifically handle cases related to environmental issues.

From the Bangkok Post:

The new divisions are intended to speed up the legal proceedings involving environment-related cases to better ensure justice and solve problems more quickly, said Supreme Administrative Court president Hassawut Withitwiriyakul.The divisions were inaugurated at the Supreme Administrative Court, the Central Administrative Court and nine regional administrative courts across the country.

From The Nation:

On yesterday’s inauguration of a new court division hearing environment-related cases, local administrative courts across the country have more than 1,300 “green” cases in hand, with most of the incidents occurring in Khon Kaen province.

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