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At the 8th International Conference, 177 participants from more than 60 developing and developed countries gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, to affirm the benefits of environmental compliance and enforcement, to highlight progress made by the network, and to press for further actions to improve compliance and enforcement around the world.

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Conference Proceedings

Access the full Proceedings of the 8th International Conference. The proceedings help to underscore the importance of the rule of law, good governance and sustainable development, as well as the urgent need for humankind to give the highest priority to protecting environmental resources and pursuing sustainable development.


Creating Value Through Compliance: The Cape Town Conference Final Statement

The Statement affirms that environmental compliance and enforcement programs create value across all areas of society: public value through strengthened rule of law, protected ecosystem goods and services, and improved human health; and private value through increased investor confidence, reduced business risks, stimulated innovation, increased competitiveness, and new jobs and markets.

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Wangari Maathai: It’s Time to Toughen Enforcement and Compliance with Climate Change Treaty, Other Environmental Laws

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai urged the world’s top environmental law enforcement specialists to toughen enforcement and compliance with environmental laws, including those that address climate emissions and protect the world’s forests, which absorb and store carbon dioxide, the principle greenhouse gas responsible for warming the planet.


Seeds of Sub-Saharan Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Planted at 8th International Conference

To join the network, please register by sending your name, organization, contact information, and email address to inece@inece.org. For more information, visit the Africa regional forum of INECE's web site.


Minister van Schalkwyk Welcomes Delegates, Emphasizes Role of International Cooperation in Environmental Enforcement

"[T]he regulation of our environment has to be a matter of international importance and international cooperation. For some time we have lived in a world where our impacts on the environment are so significant that they are felt across international borders. Climate change is an obvious example of the influence that we can have on the health and well-being of people on the other side of the world, without their consent or acceptance of the risks imposed."


Interactive Conference Program

Speeches, panel descriptions, and workshop summaries from INECE's 8th Conference.

Wangari Maathai's Remarks on Good Governance and Sustainable Development

Conference Slideshow