November 4, 2010

INTERPOL Operation Targets Illegal Trade in Endangered Reptiles

Sea Turtle, Photo credit Yannick Beadoin

INTERPOL reports that

A worldwide operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL and involving 51 countries across all five continents against the illegal trade in reptiles and amphibians has resulted in arrests worldwide and the seizure of thousands of animals as well as of products worth more than 25 million Euros.

Including national wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and specialized units from participating countries, Operation RAMP (September – October) focused particularly on illegal activities relating to the trade and possession of endangered reptiles such as turtles and snakes which included Boa constrictors. The operation resulted in thousands of searches and inspections being conducted, and saw hundreds of suspects being investigated or charged as part of an on-going series of investigations. The goods seized included leather products, and illicit firearms and drugs were also uncovered.

During the two month-long operation, which led to investigations into individuals and companies as well as inspections of premises such as seaports and wholesalers, INTERPOL’s Environmental Crime Programme unit acted as a key operational communications and intelligence centre, facilitating the exchange of information between the world police body’s member countries participating in the operation.

For the full report, see http://www.interpol.int/Public/ICPO/PressReleases/PR2010/PR089.asp

August 28, 2010

INECE, Honduras Collaborate on Environmental Compliance Performance Measures

Workshop Participants and Facilitators

The INECE Secretariat and the USEPA presented INECE’s capacity building program on performance measurement indicators, along with The Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement course, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on 24-26 August 2010, in cooperation with the Comisión Centroamericana de Ambiente y Desarrollo (CCAD) and Honduras’ Secretaría de Recursos Naturales y Ambiente (SERNA).

26 participants from various national agencies in Honduras collaborated during  the three day program to design potential performance indicators for evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of programs designed to assure compliance with specific national requirements. The working groups focused on performance measures for compliance with policies related to wastewater and solid waste management.

INECE, in cooperation with the Nicaragua’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, CCAD, and US EPA, convened a two-day workshop in Nicaragua on identifying, designing,and using environmental compliance and enforcement measures.  The workshop occurred simultaneously to events in Managua commemorating the fourth anniversary of Nicaragua signing the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.

The workshop was proceeded by a one day capacity building program on The Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement.

About INECE’s Work on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

Environmental compliance and enforcement indicators are instruments that measure results achieved by environmental compliance and enforcement programs. This information helps decision-makers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of those programs.

The Performance Measurement Guidance for Compliance and Enforcement Practitioners  (2nd Edition) developed by INECE’s Expert Working Group on Indicators is available through INECE’s indicators web forum.  Course documentation is available through INECE’s Resource Library on Environmental Compliance Training.

Work in Central America on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

The work on environmental compliance and enforcement performance measures builds on a series of workshops convened over the past few years in Central America, including in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. For further background information on indicators work in Central America, see CCAD’s web site, including the follow articles:

May 4, 2010

Nicaragua, INECE Collaborate on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

INECE, in cooperation with the Nicaragua’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, CCAD, and US EPA, convened a two-day workshop in Nicaragua on identifying, designing,and using environmental compliance and enforcement measures.  The workshop occurred simultaneously to events in Managua commemorating the fourth anniversary of Nicaragua signing the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement.

The workshop was proceeded by a one day capacity building program on The Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement.

About INECE’s Work on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

Environmental compliance and enforcement indicators are instruments that measure results achieved by environmental compliance and enforcement programs. This information helps decision-makers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of those programs. The Performance Measurement Guidance for Compliance and Enforcement Practitioners  (2nd Edition) developed by INECE’s Expert Working Group on Indicators is available through INECE’s indicators web forum.  Course documentation is available through INECE’s Resource Library on Environmental Compliance Training.

Work in Central America on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators

The work on environmental compliance and enforcement performance measures builds on a series of workshops convened over the past few years in Central America, including in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. For further background information on indicators work in Central America, see CCAD’s web site, including the follow articles:

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