INECE Releases Special Report: Compliance Strategies to Deliver Climate Benefits

A new report released Friday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that global warming is “unequivocal” and that the response will require “substantial and sustained reductions” of climate pollutants. The report is the first of four volumes of the IPCC’s fifth comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge on climate change.

INECE: Call for Contributions to the Special Report on Climate Compliance

The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) is soliciting abstracts for the upcoming Special Report: Practical Strategies to Assure Compliance with Climate Laws.

This Special Report will present case studies and examples of good practices that highlight the critical importance of compliance with national laws and policies as part of an effective governance strategy to meet climate change mitigation objectives.

Capacity Development Key to Stopping Illegal Trade in Hazardous and Electronic Waste

Building capacity among environmental and customs officials for detecting illegal transboundary shipments of hazardous and electronic wastes was the focus of the Second International Hazardous Waste Inspection Project. 11 countries participated in the Project, which was convened by the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) Seaport Environmental Security Network (SESN).

Choosing Our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance

INECE Managing Director Ken Markowitz will participate on a panel on Citizen Participation in Law Development, Implementation, and Enforcement during The Access Initiative's "Choosing our Future" event which will be among the most important events at Rio+20 on environmental governance.

Date and Time: 19 June, 8:00am - 6:00pm

Location: Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Praia de Botafogo, 190, Rio


World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability

This high-level event will bring together Attorneys-General, Chief Prosecutors, Auditors-General (Cour des Comptes), Chief Justices and Senior Judges from around the world to foster a common vision and agreed principles on how to use law, justice and governance to promote sustainable development. INECE Managing Director Ken Markowitz will participate on a panel during the World Congress. INECE is a sponsoring partner of this event.

Dates: 17-20 June

Register: By Invitation Only

Environmental Governance and Social Inclusion Panel

The Environmental Governance and Social Inclusion panel will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and the 40th anniversary of the creation of USEPA by highlighting lessons learned in environmental law and governance during that time, including recent governance innovations in the U.S. and in other countries. The Panel leader and discussants hope to provoke remarks on topics including:

The Rio+20 Colloquium on Environmental Law & Justice

The Rio+20 Colloquium on Environmental Law & Justice will feature expert panels on comparative environmental law, MEA challenges and prospects, the role of public participation in environmental compliance and enforcement, the role of courts, and the principle of non-regression. INECE Managing Director Ken Markowitz will speak on the panel on the role of public participation in environmental compliance and enforcement.

Date and Time: 16 June, 9:00 - 16:50

Location: State Supreme Court of Rio de Janeiro

Register: Open to the public; No registration required

Expert Discussion Concludes with Call for Collaboration on EIA Follow-up

On 29 February, a facilitated online discussion that INECE initiated on strategies and best practices for enforcing the requirements of environmental impact assessments (EIAs), was concluded. This dialogue was a follow-up to a successful workshop during the INECE conference in Canada in 2011. It elicited the views and insights of leaders in the EIA field from around the world, covered a wide range of issues concerning all stages of the EIA process and involved many types of participants and stakeholders.

INECE submission for Rio+20

The Importance of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement for Sustainable Development for the Rio+20 Conference Submitted by The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)


Robust national environmental compliance and enforcement systems for environmental and energy laws are critical parts of an effective overall governance strategy to meet green economy, poverty eradication, and sustainable development objectives. Multidisciplinary approaches to capacity building for parliamentarians, inspectors, prosecutors, and judges are keys to this process.

AECEN and INECE organize Summit of Regional Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Networks

Whistler, Canada

In conjunction with the INECE 9th International Conference, representatives from various regional networks working on environmental compliance and enforcement will get together on June 18 in Whistler, Canada. The meeting will focus on looking at good practices in managing networks, sharing tools to improve compliance at the regional level and developing a message on the importance of environmental compliance and enforcement in advance of the 2012 Earth Summit.