November 28, 2011

EANECE Concludes Successful Principles Training Course

Filed under: Africa, INECE Secretariat — inece @ 1:18 pm

On 14-18 November, 2011, the East African Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE) in partnership with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) conducted a regional training on the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Course and the Facilitators Course for the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement.

The training was held in Mombasa, Kenya, and brought together 24 participants from various government agencies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Among the participants were environmental inspectors, attorneys, planners, police officers and managers of compliance and enforcement programs. The courses were facilitated by a team of highly qualified and experienced trainers from the USA, Netherlands, Tanzania and Kenya.

The Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement training course, which ran from 14-16 November, is designed to enable participants to develop their own management approach to an environmental problem, to draft enforceable requirements where appropriate, to design a unique compliance strategy and enforcement program, and to role-play in a negotiation session to resolve a specific enforcement case.  At the end of the course, all the participants were optimistic that they will be able to apply the common principles to their specific environmental challenges and design efficient strategies to use their national laws to their most effective outcomes.

The Principles course was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment in response to requests from new enforcement programs and has been taught to thousands of participants in different countries and environmental programs worldwide.  It presents a compilation of international experience on the fundamental principles for designing and implementing environmental compliance and enforcement programs and is designed for delivery in a wide variety of cultural settings.

On 17-18 November, 12 participants out of the 24 who had successfully completed thePrinciples course proceeded to undertake the Facilitators Course for the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training. The aim of the Facilitators course was to build capacity for future delivery of the Principles courses and other related courses in East Africa. It is expected that with some additional mentoring, this team of facilitators will be able to replicate the Principles course in many organizations across East Africa.

 “I am extremely excited because EANECE’s goal for joint capacity building for environmental compliance and enforcement in East Africa has finally materialized through this training. We also achieved our other goals of networking and information sharing. I thank the USEPA and INECE for sponsoring this event. It is my dream that we will in the near future be able to have other similar training in East Africa and, that each EANECE member country will one day be able to replicate these courses nationally and within their member organizations.”  — Dr. Robert Ntakamulenga, EANECE Executive Committee Member, at the official closing of the Principles Course.

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