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 Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) Meeting and Events were held from 4 to 8 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.

To support the Committee in its function, three working groups lead projects in specific areas:

Pollution Crime Working Group

The INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group initiates and leads a number of projects to combat the transport, trade and disposal of wastes and hazardous substances in contravention of national and international laws. Pollution crime has a clear and direct human impact due to the hazardous nature of the substances in question.

As well as being harmful to health, the illegal disposal of waste or hazardous substances into waterways, the air, and the ground can significantly damage a community’s livelihood, undercut legitimate treatment facilities and permit the loss of recoverable raw materials, thereby threatening long-term economic sustainability and national stability. The effect of pollution crime on the natural environment can be global, and in some cases contributes directly to the worldwide issue of climate change.

Taking action

The trans-boundary movement of waste and hazardous substances generally occurs from more developed countries to less developed countries, and therefore requires an international strategy. The INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group brings together specialized experts and criminal investigators from around the world to work on project-based activities on a global level.

EPA Public Participation Toolkit: The United States Environmental Protection Agency has developed a toolkit to guide public involvement in the elaboration of laws and regulations, particularly those related to the environment. The toolkit identifies best practices in planning, skills and behaviours that government agencies can use to design and implement meaningful public participation programmes.

Members of the Board

Chairperson – Chris Smith
National Intelligence Manager
Environment Agency UK

Vice Chairperson – Mario Van Leeuwen
Dutch National Police Agency

Secretary – Daniel Senanu Amlalo
Executive Director
Ghana Environmental Protection Agency

Support Officer– Miranda Amachree
Deputy Director, Industrial Compliance Monitoring, Department of Inspection & Enforcement
Nigeria National Environmental Standards & Regulations Enforcement Agency

Current projects

Electronic Waste Sub-group

To identify the illegal networks responsible for shipping thousands of tons of electronic waste, such as used computers, to the developing world. With the establishment of Project Eden, members of the former Global E-waste Crime Group will provide operational support and act in an advisory role to this project.

Environmental Forensics

To set up and maintain a network of environmental technical and forensic experts, promote best practices in environmental forensics learnt from the professional community, and formulate and distribute a manual through our global channels and training sessions.

For the production and publication of a global pollution crime forensics manual, a sub-project has been initiated with the strong support of Environment Canada.

Project leader– Andrew Lauterback
Senior Criminal Enforcement Counsel
Assistant Director Investigations
United States Environment Protection Agency

Manual Sub-project leader- Peter Krahn
Senior Engineer and National Operational Advisor
Environmental Enforcement Division
Environment Canada

Clean Seas

To conserve cleaner and safer marine environments.

The group is a global network of experts involved in investigations, prosecution and policy work relating to ship pollution violations. Its activities complement those of the port state control regime, the International Maritime Organization and regional environmental programmes.

Project Leader – Vacant

Climate Change Crime and Corruption

To explore legislative restraints and potential loopholes that may lead to the development of new crime areas connected to the issue of climate change.

Project leader – Vacant

Message from the Chair

Members of the Advisory Board

Participation in the Committee is open to law enforcement officers, officials and experts from all of INTERPOL’s 190 member countries.

Nine members of the Advisory board provide their leadership and organizational skills to the Committee.

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 two years, once renewable. 

Members of the Advisory Board

Chairperson – David Jordan
Director of Operations
Environment Agency, U.K.

Vice-Chairperson – Bruno Manin
Chef d'office, Office central de lutte contre les atteintes à l'environnement et à la sante publique
Gendarmerie Nationale, France

Delegate – Gord Owen
Chief Enforcement Officer
Enforcement Branch, Environment Canada

Delegate - Gina Geovanna Perez Valencia
Policía Ambiental del Ecuador

Delegate – Roland Maria Willekens
Dutch Police National Programme Manager
Environmental Crime

Delegate - Lawrence Chidi Anukam
National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency {NESREA}, Nigeria

Delegate - Rui Fernando Batista Moura
Major General/Deputy Commander of the Operational Command
Guarda Nacional Republicana (GNR) – Portugal

Delegate - Frances Craigie
Environmental Management Inspector, Chief Director Enforcement
Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Delegate – Matchonnawè Hubert Bakai
Juriste, Spécialiste du droit de la mer, Gestionnaire de projets
Cabinet du MERF