INECE Network News: March 2024

Mar 15, 2024

Events

There are 5 previous and upcoming events. For a complete listing of events, please click here.

A Primer on Compliance and Enforcement Issues for Plastics Pollution
31 January 2024 | Virtual Webinar

The scope and seriousness of plastics pollution has become increasingly prominent evidenced by the fact that the United Nations has made plastics pollution a priority for its 73rd General Assembly and the negotiations of a new Plastics Treaty. Read More


Siting & Permitting Conference 2024

11 March 2024 – 13 March 2024 | Colorado Springs, Colorado
American Clean Power

Getting projects off the ground is becoming more and more challenging. At ACP’s expanded Siting & Permitting Conference, previously known as the Siting & Environmental Compliance Conference, industry leaders, experts, and stakeholders convene to collaborate on challenges, best practices and solutions. Read More


New Approaches for Integrating Remote Sensing Tools and Other New Technologies Into Compensatory Mitigation Programs
25 March 2024 | Virtual Workshop

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is hosting a virtual workshop on how remote sensing and other new technologies can be applied to compensatory mitigation projects and programs. The 3-hour workshop is part of ELI’s ongoing initiative to discuss integration of remote sensing and other new technologies more fully into wetlands… Read More


IAIA24: 43rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment
24 April 2024 – 27 April 2024 | Dublin, Ireland
International Association for Impact Assessment

IAIA24, “Impact Assessment for a Just Transformation,” will be held 24-27 April 2024 in Dublin, Ireland. Read More


2024 Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference
5 June 2024 – 6 June 2024 | Lansing, Michigan
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

EGLE’s premier compliance assistance event returns to Lansing in June 2024! Read More


Library

In the last month, 4 library items have been added. For a complete listing, please click here

Rare Butterflies Threatened by Mexico’s Drug Cartels
21 February 2024

In this episode, first aired in 2022, Dateline travels to Mexico’s spectacular butterfly forest and meets its brave defenders. But as global demand for avocados surges, cartels are looking for quick profits, putting farmers and billions of butterflies under threat. Read More


EIA at 40- The Billion Dollar Trade in Merbau Ravaging Indonesia’s Last Intact Tropical Forest
15 February 2024

In the countdown to EIA’s 40th anniversary later this year, we are featuring films and stories from our archive, highlighting our work exposing environmental crime and abuse around the world. Read More


Green Criminology In Action
International Union for Conservation of Nature
1 February 2024

We invite you to watch the recording of our 1-hour webinar on Green Criminology, an analytical and interdisciplinary framework from across the social and natural sciences, concerned with environmental crimes and harms, including risks and transgressions that are harmful to humans, ecosystems, and non-human animals, regardless of legality. Read More


Lessons From the Historical Dynamics of Environmental Law Enforcement in the Brazilian Amazon
21 January 2024

Here, we analyze critical changes in environmental law enforcement in the Brazilian Amazon between 2000 and 2020. Based on a dataset of law enforcement indicators, we discuss how these changes explain recent Amazon deforestation dynamics. Our analysis also covers changes in the legal prosecution process and documents a militarization of… Read More


International News

In the last month, 8 international news pieces have been added. For a complete listing, please click here.

Apache Settlement Shows EPA’s Oil, Gas Enforcement Crackdown
Bloomberg Law and Bobby Magill
14 February 2024

Apache Corp. will be required to keep an independent EPA-approved watchdog in its Permian Basin oil fields to ensure the company is complying with a consent decree announced this week for air quality violations at its well pads in Texas and New Mexico. Read More


Angola Hit with Trade Sanction Over Failure to Tackle Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trafficking
Environmental Investigation Agency
15 February 2024

Angola has been formally sanctioned for failing to make progress in tackling the illegal trade in elephant ivory since 2020. Read More


Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to EPA’s Cross-State Pollution Rule
David Jordan and Portland Press Herald
20 February 2024

The oral arguments are set as congressional Republicans fight the Biden administration’s air quality standards and consider legislation to alter the EPA’s authority. Read More


British Columbia ‘Not Effectively Managing’ Hazardous Spills, Auditor General Says
Amanda Follett Hosgood and Andrew MacLeod
28 February 2024

B.C. is not adequately prepared to deal with a serious hazardous spill, according to an audit of the province’s Environmental Emergency Program released Tuesday. The report, “Managing Hazardous Spills in B.C.,” found that spill response plans were outdated, the ministry had no policies or procedures for identifying non-compliance and First… Read More


UN Environment Assembly Takes Shy Steps on Biodiversity at First Meeting Since GBF Agreement
Sergio Colombo
2 March 2024

The 6th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) wrapped up with the approval of 15 resolutions — including the first-ever on land degradation — and calls for expediting efforts towards achieving global biodiversity targets, though disagreements frustrated hopes for bolder commitments. Read More


Spot Fines for Littering, Open Burning of Waste
Times of India
3 March 2024

Goa has unveiled the Revised Solid Waste Management Policy (SWMP) 2022-2037 which addresses the urgent need for an effective waste management framework in the state. The revised SWMP is formulated under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and aims to enhance infrastructure for waste management and provide support to local… Read More


US Justice Department and Vietnam Launch Anti-Timber Trafficking Workshop
BNN Correspondants
4 March 2024

On March 4, 2024, attorneys from the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice, in collaboration with Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Forest Protection Department, initiated a crucial training workshop in Hanoi. Read More


CARB Settles $16 Million Emissions Violation Case Involving Large Manufacturer of Transportation Refrigeration Unit Engines
Lynda Lambert
4 March 2024

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) reached a settlement agreement with Yanmar Power Technology Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, for $16,196,120 for violating regulations aimed at reducing nitrogen oxides from off-road compression-ignition engines. Read More


Blogs

In the last month, 3 blogs and opinion pieces have been added. For a complete listing, please click here

We Can’t Have a Livable Planet Without a Healthy Wildlife Population
Valerie Hickey
1 March 2024

In 2014, when the World Bank Group joined a meeting hosted by then-Prince Charles to discuss illegal wildlife trade, an elephant was poached every 20 minutes. Ten years later, poaching is declining across much of Africa, a success won on the backs of the hard work of countries, communities, and… Read More


Suing Maldives to Enforce its Environmental Laws
Robbie Newton
29 February 2024

An ongoing court case in the Maldives sheds light on why it is so hard to get the government to enforce the country’s environmental laws. The Maldives is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the consequences of climate change, with 80 percent of the archipelago’s islands… Read More


Athens Bag Ban May Cause More Harm Than Good for the Environment
Jazmine D. Amoako and The New Political
19 February 2024

Athens, Ohio, has recently earned its spot on the growing list of cities and states to enact a single-use plastic bag ban. Athens City Council voted for this ban in May of 2023 and it took effect Jan. 1, 2024. Read More


Jobs

In the last month, 3 jobs have been added. For a complete listing, please click here.

BSC Position: Postdocs / Researchers / Research Engineers (Deadline: 31 March 2024)
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
21 February 2024

The Earth Sciences Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) (www.bsc.es) is embarking on an umbrella of large-scale activities and developments linked to the implementation of a High-Resolution Emission System for Air Quality Prediction and Greenhouse Gas Monitoring. Read More


Internship Communications – Content Specialist (Deadline: 31 March 2024)
ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
16 February 2024

The Communications Intern – Content Specialist will support the Global Communications team at the ICLEI World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany in delivering on the strategic and project objectives of ICLEI. Read More


Research Analyst (Climate)
Kuehne Foundation
8 February 2024

The Kühne Foundation was established in 1976 by the Kühne family and is one of the largest foundations in the German-speaking world. As an operational foundation based in Schindellegi, Switzerland, it is involved in the areas of logistics, medicine, culture and, since the beginning of 2023, climate action. Read More


About INECE

Founded in 1989, INECE is the only global organization focused exclusively on achieving compliance with environmental law through effective compliance promotion and enforcement strategies, including administrative, civil, criminal, and judicial enforcement. INECE works on both national implementation of domestic environmental laws and on improving the effectiveness of multilateral environmental agreements. The Network includes more than 2,000 environmental regulators, investigators, prosecutors, judges, and employees of international environmental and development organizations from 150 countries. Officials from customs, the police, non-governmental organizations, academia, the media, and business also participate. INECE communicates that environmental compliance and enforcement play a fundamental role in building the foundation for the rule of law, good governance, and sustainable development.

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