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

For background information on the Conference, including to access the 70 original papers submitted as part of the Proceedings, visit


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