The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) is a global network of environmental compliance and enforcement practitioners who strive hard to raise awareness of compliance and enforcement. The INECE also develops networks for enforcement cooperation, and strengthens all attempts to implement and enforce environmental requirements. The INECE was founded in 1989 by the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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 include:
-developing networks for enforcement cooperation;
-strengthening capacity for compliance and enforcement; and
-raising awareness of the importance of environmental compliance and enforcement.
The organizational structure of the INECE consists of its Executive Planning Committee, its implementing Secretariat, and its participants. The Executive Planning Committee, which is also the governing body of the INECE, makes all decisions relating to the INECE. The INECE Secretariat provides technical, administrative, and communications support for Executive Planning Committee functions and helps to implement the INECE work program. INECE participants include inspectors, prosecutors, regulators, parliamentarians, judges, other governmental officials, and members of international and non-governmental organizations. Any environmental compliance and enforcement practitioners may join as INECE participants by registering through the INECE web site.
The INECE has successfully hosted several international conferences. These conferences have turned out to be platforms where individuals of several countries and international organizations have collaboratively developed training and workshop materials, and published their comparative country studies regarding the environment.
INECE also holds several forums, which are mainly indented to facilitate communication between persons with common interests on the benefits and challenges of environmental enforcement. The topics that are mainly discussed in the forums are: hazardous waste, illegal logging, enforcement indicators, inspectors, public access to information, ozone, pesticides, wildlife, and water.
These forums provide users with the opportunity to:
-share ideas and information;
-access INECE documents;
-view online resources which include texts of international treaties, home pages of key players, research centers, journals, and online publications;
-post and read messages via the bulletin boards; and
-participate in expert-led discussions.