Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee
Formed in 1992, the Environmental Crime Committee assisted INTERPOL in identifying emerging patterns and trends in the field of environmental crime enforcement.
The Committee acted as a forum in which law enforcement officials could meet face to face in order to discuss new strategies and practices, share experience and expertise, and build the bridges of international cooperation that are vital in the fight against international environmental crime.
During the INTERPOL/UNEP International Chiefs of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Summit in March 2012, the decision was made to restructure the Environmental Crime Committee. This initiative, known as the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC), brings together executive leaders and decision makers from all 190 INTERPOL member countries to provide strategic advice on relevant issues and to harness global support.
The 1st Executive Level - Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) Meeting will be held on the 7 and 8 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside meetings of the Wildlife, Pollution and Fisheries Crime Working Groups from 4 to 7 November 2013.
To support the Committee in its function, three working groups lead projects in specific areas:
Fisheries Crime Working Group
The INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group initiates and leads a number of projects to detect and combat fisheries crime.
The Working Group has four strategic goals:
- Enhance and develop the capacity, capability and cooperation of member countries to effectively enforce fisheries and crossover crimes;
- Encourage and assist the exchange of information and intelligence related to fisheries crime among member countries;
- Provide analytical and operational support to member countries in the enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations;
- Encourage and facilitate networking, channels of communication and exchange of technical expertise between member countries for the purpose of fisheries law enforcement.
Members of the Board
Chairperson – Gunnar A. Stølsvik
Head of Project
Norwegian national advisory group against organized fisheries crime
Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
Vice Chairperson – Stuart Cory
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Secretary – Foluke O. Areola
Federal Department of Fisheries,
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Support Officer – Jennifer Reeves
Deputy Head of UK IUU Team
Marine Management Organisation
Membership of the Committee
Participation in the Committee is open to law enforcement officers, officials and experts from all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.
Four executive officers provide their leadership and organizational skills to the Committee:
- Vice Chairperson
The Committee members are elected during the International Conference on Environmental Crime (held every two years), from among the Committee’s delegates, and each serve a term of four years.
Current Executive Officers
Chairperson – Andrew Lauterback
Senior Criminal Enforcement Counsel
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Vice Chairperson – Brenda Ryan
National Manager Investigations, Wildlife Enforcement
Secretary – Grant Pink
Director, Regulatory Practice Section
Australia Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations and Communities
Treasurer – Johan Jooste
South Africa Police Service