International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE)
is a partnership of government and non-government enforcement and compliance
practitioners from more than 150 countries. INECE's goals are: raising awareness
to compliance and enforcement; developing networks for enforcement cooperation;
and strengthening capacity to implement and enforce environmental requirements.
is dedicated using regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to guide
compliance with and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations
that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection
of ecosystem integrity at the global, regional, and national levels.
The Network is comprised of more than 4,000 members from international organizations,
governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Dutch
and US environmental agencies, who founded INECE in 1989, remain key
funders, with additional support from the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the European Commission, as well
as Environment Canada and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD).
INECE activities are geared toward government officials and NGO partners
active in environmental compliance and enforcement, and international
organizations. All environmental professionals are invited to make use
of the materials and resources provided on this Web site and to contribute
to the networking and exchanges.
follow these links for more information on INECE's
organizational structure, commentary from INECE
Director Durwood Zaelke, and for information on the INECE
The INECE mission is to contribute to a healthy and clean environment,
sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecosystem
integrity through effective compliance and enforcement of environmental
laws using regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.
The INECE goals are:
- Developing networks for enforcement cooperation;
- Strengthening capacity for compliance and enforcement; and
- Raising awareness of the importance of environmental compliance
INECE has evolved dramatically since its beginnings in 1989 as a bilateral
exchange between the US EPA and the Dutch Environment Ministry (VROM).
The Network has since expanded into a broad partnership of government
officials around the globe, NGOs, and international organizations (in
particular the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), The World
Bank and the European Commission). OECD and Environment Canada provide
additional support. Activities are coordinated by an Executive Planning
Committee with worldwide representation and support. The EPC created
a formal Secretariat, with Durwood Zaelke as its Director, in May 2001.
As of 2004, INECE has planned and executed six successful international
conferences with exponential increases in the number of individuals,
countries, and international organizations invited to participate; collaboratively
developed training and workshop materials; and published comparative
country studies. A timeline
of the development of INECE is available here.