July 26, 2011

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

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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. 

July 14, 2011

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

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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.

May 18, 2011

New Translations Available for INECE’s Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Handbook

INECE’s Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Handbook (second edition) is a unique compendium of tools, strategies, best practices, and case examples on designing, implementing, and evaluating effective environmental compliance and enforcement programs. Drawing on the collective knowledge and experience of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), the Handbook provides actionable guidance for designing effective requirements, setting priorities, monitoring compliance, conducting enforcement response, and measuring program performance.

The Handbook has been translated into Spanish and French. The translations are available for download through the INECE website.

Manuel des principes de la conformité et de l’application environnementales PDF icon
Le manuel décrit certains des aspects importants de la conception, de la mise en œuvre et de l’évaluation de programmes efficaces de conformité et d’application environnementales.

Principios de Acatamiento y Ejecución Ambiental PDF icon
Este manual resalta algunas importantes consideraciones en el diseño, implementación y evaluación de programas de acatamiento y ejecución efectiva ambiental.

March 14, 2011

UNITAR to Host Green Diplomacy e-Learning Program

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The Multilateral Diplomacy Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) will host an e-Learning course on Green Diplomacy, beginning Monday, 18 April and concluding on Friday, 27 May 27.

This course will address the challenges and opportunities for elevating environmental considerations into key spheres of multilateral diplomacy. Specifically it will examine the environmental concerns embedded within multilateral negotiations and policy processes related to human rights and humanitarian affairs, peace and security, trade and investment, global economic recovery and development cooperation.

The course will be delivered online and will allow the participant to work at his or her own pace, supported by multimedia, lesson materials, optional and required readings, discussion forums, negotiation simulation exercises, assessment quizzes, and other information.

UNITAR welcomes you to register for this course online at http://www.unitar.org/event/green-diplomacy or to contact Ms. Emily Fraser at ccdiplomacy at unitar.org for further information.

January 18, 2011

NRDC Report Reviews Tools for Effective Environmental Governance in India

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A new brief by NRDC reviews tools for effective environmental governance in India, with the goal of supporting Indian civil society and the Indian environment ministry in their work to improve India’s existing structures to enforce environmental laws, particularly in the context of pollution.

To access the information brief, visit  http://www.nrdc.org/international/india/files/governance-fs.pdf.

December 17, 2010

UNEP Launches New Course on Course on Compliance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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UNEP and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law have launched a new, university-level course on compliance with multilateral environmental agreements. The course syllabus, curriculum content (including sample PowerPoint presentations) with supporting references and materials, and a Manual for lecturers, instructors, and professors is available online at www.unep.org/DEC/Lecturemanual.asp.

This course on Compliance with and Enforcement of MEAs provides students with guidance on the practical aspects of negotiating, implementing, and enforcing environmental law at the international and national levels. As such, the course and its materials are designed to complement existing courses on environmental law and international environmental law.

The primary target audience for the course is law students, as well as students of international relations, environmental management and other disciplines linked to the study of the environment. After completion of the Compliance coursework, the students will have a better understanding of international environmental law in general as well as of the main challenges for effective compliance and enforcement of the MEAs.

The course supports UNEP’s Manual on Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreement, available online at http://www.unep.org/dec/onlinemanual/.

For more information, see UNEP’s press release on the launch of the course.

October 27, 2010

Central Europe and US Exchange on Environmental Compliance: Part II

V4 participants and facilitator discuss natural resources management.

INECE, in cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, coordinated a two-phase joint project on environmental inspections and enforcement with participants from the Visegrad Group countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia (V4).  In the first phase, participants from the V4 countries traveled to the United States on 20-25 September 2010. The second phase was executed on 18-21 October 2010 when U.S. experts traveled to a regional meeting convened in the Czech Republic.

During the second phase,  discussions went into greater depth on key environmental enforcement issues relating to the specific situations in the V4 countries.

On the pollution side, the discussion focused on contaminated site remediation, program performance measures, analysis and planning. A Hungarian expert shared remarks on the red mud disaster in Ajka after the collapse of the waste storage ponds. The study tour group participated in a site visit to large chemical installation and old silver mine in Central Bohemia.

On the natural resources side, the balance between forest management and nature protection requirements was discussed. The host country presented the Czech National Forest Program, which is designed to facilitate a dialogue among stakeholders to  find a balance between economical, environmental, and social requirements. Topics discussed also included an overview of law enforcement in forests within the protected areas, protection of endangered species, illegal logging, violation of reforestration duty, as well as special management within the Natura 2000 sites (designed in accordance European Birds and Habitats Directives). The V4 study tour participants were invited to a site visit at Protected Landscape Area Broumovsko.

As follow-up to the two workshops, a list of the best practices will be issued as a basis for future use in V4 countries. Reports from the programme with findings from the exchange of experiences will be presented at the relevant institutions and meetings and disseminated through IMPEL and INECE networks. Participants of the workshops will share their knowledge and recommendations from the project as the trainers in their own organizations.

October 4, 2010

Environmental Compliance Inspections Handbook: A Regional Model from Argentina

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The Cuenca Mantanza Riachuelo: Manual Para Inspectores provides practical guidance for environmental inspectors in the area of the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin in Argentina.

The six chapters of the Handbook are organized into four distinct parts. The first deals with general aspects of the environmental inspection and is closely related to USEPA’s Conducting Environmental Compliance Inspections: Inspectors Field Manual. The second part describes the Matanza Riachuelo area, particularly its territorial, geopolitical, social, and economic aspects to provide context for the inspector. The third part covers the legal framework — both in terms of the environmental law for each of the jurisdictions (national level, Province of Buenos Aires and City of Buenos Aires) that make up the basin and in terms of the key legal provisions for environmental inspections. The final part discusses technical aspects of environmental inspections, such as liquid effluent, air emissions and waste, focusing on current field procedures used in the Matanza Riachuelo Watershed.

The new manual is available (in Spanish) at


Los seis capítulos de la Cuenca Mantanza Riachuelo: Manual Para Inspectores se organizan en cuatro partes bien diferenciadas. La primera trata sobre aspectos generales de la inspección ambiental y ha tenido como principal fuente el Manual de Inspecciones de Cumplimiento Ambiental, edición Centroamericana y República Dominicana de US EPA (disponible en español). La segunda corresponde a una descripción de la Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo, particularmente de sus aspectos territoriales, geográficos, sociales y económicos, de manera de situar al inspector en el marco territorial donde desenvuelve su acción. Allí, se expone el caso Mendoza y la normas vigentes en la ACUMAR, tanto de carácter institucional como operativo desde el punto de vista de la inspección. La tercera parte presenta, por un lado, la normativa especifi ca sobre la materia en cada una de las jurisdicciones (Nación, Provincia de Buenos Aires y Ciudad de Buenos Aires) que conforman la Cuenca, por otro lado, se presenta aquella que resulta esencial par el desarrollo de la actividad de un inspector ACUMAR. Ambas de conocimiento fundamental para la tarea. Finalmente, la cuarta parte, incluye la descripción de los aspectos técnicos de carácter general de una inspección ambiental en cuanto a efluentes líquidos, gaseosos y residuos, haciendo foco en los procedimientos vigentes en el ámbito de la Cuenca Matanza Riachuelo.

El nuevo manual está disponible en español en

September 28, 2010

Central Europe and US Exchange on Environmental Compliance

Central Europe Study Tour Participants During a Workshop at the US Forest Service

INECE, in cooperation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, is coordinating a two-phase joint project on environmental inspections and enforcement with participants from the Visegrad Group countries of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia (V4).  In the first phase, participants from the V4 countries traveled to the United States on 20-25 September 2010. The second phase will take place on 18-21 October 2010 when U.S. experts will travel to Prague, Czech Republic, for a second workshop going into greater depth on key issues.

During the week in Washington, the participants experienced a series of seminars, workshops, and briefings to exchange information and ideas on compliance and enforcement aspects of pollution control and of natural resource management.

On the pollution side, topics included pollution-control mechanisms; compliance promotion and assistance  programs; management of hazardous waste operations; contaminated site remediation; and program performance measures, analysis, and planning. The study tour group participated in a site visit to one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the country, as well as visiting a landfill with a waste-to-energy incinerator.

On the natural resources side, topics included an overview of national parks law enforcement and protection issues and specific law enforcement issue areas, such as wilderness and specially protected areas, officer training, timber theft, and off-road vehicle use. The V4 study tour participants were invited to a site visit at Shenandoah National Park hosted by the US Forest Service and National Park Service.

Exchange participants also had the opportunity to work through the common skills needed for environmental compliance inspections where a determination of the facility’s compliance status is required, collaborating with experts and US inspectors through the US EPA Environmental Compliance Inspections course.

September 21, 2010

Environmental Governance Tops Countries’ Concern for Meeting Rio Convention Commitments, International Network Is Helping Bridge Gap

Washington, DC, September 21, 2010 – Environmental governance, including implementation and compliance with national laws, is a significant challenge facing countries trying to meet their commitments under the Rio Conventions, according to a new study released last week by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The National Capacity Self-Assessments Synthesis Report called for countries to identify their priority environmental issues such as combating deforestation, promoting sustainable land management, minimizing their vulnerabilities to the impact of climate change, or controlling biodiversity loss, and their challenges in responding to these priority issues.

Countries prioritized “environmental governance” as a key concern to achieving and sustaining global environmental outcomes, in addition to the other top needs: 1) public awareness and environmental education; 2) information management and exchange; 3) strengthening organizational mandates and structures; and 4) economic instruments and sustainable financing mechanisms.


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