October 10, 2011

Ghana’s Akoben Program Releases Facility Ratings

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On 6 October, Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency disclosed the environmental and corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratings of fifty manufacturing and eleven mining companies using a five color performance scale (Gold-excellent, Green-very good, Blue-good, Orange-unsatisfactory and Red-poor). This initiative is called the AKOBEN environmental rating and disclosure program which was officially launched last year. These ratings are annually disclosed to the public and the general media, and it aims to strengthen public awareness and participation.

In moving forward, the Ghana EPA has enlisted fifty new companies in the rating program and further plans to expand the coverage of the AKOBEN program to hotels, hospitals and oil suppliers. It is also developing an environmental rating system for clean cities. Additionally, the Ghana EPA plans to add resource management and climate change aspects to the criteria for GREEN rating. As a result, performance evaluation will also include specific indicators of energy use, energy efficiency, CO2 emissions from energy use and land use changes, water use, water conservation and land management.

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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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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:

August 20, 2010

World Development Indicators 2010 CD-ROM Available

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The World Development Indicators CD-ROM contains time series data for more than 200 economies from 1960-2008, single-year observations, and spreadsheets on many topics. It contains more than 1,000 country tables and the text from the World Development Indicators 2010 print edition.

World Development Indicators 2010
presents the most current and accurate development data on both a national level and aggregated globally. It allows you to monitor the progress made toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals endorsed by the United Nations and its member countries, the World Bank, and a host of partner organizations. These goals, which focus on development and the elimination of poverty, serve as the agenda for international development efforts.

The Windows based CD ROM  format permits users to search for and retrieve data in spreadsheet form, create maps and charts, and fully download them into other popular software programs for study or presentation purposes. The CD ROM is available to order from the World Bank for US$50.

In addition, please note that the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe–some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English and is available at http://data.worldbank.org/.

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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