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:

Wildlife Crime Working Group

The INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group initiates and leads a number of projects to combat the poaching, trafficking, or possession of legally protected flora and fauna.

Far-reaching damage 

Wildlife crime, such as poaching, the traffic in illegal ivory or illegal logging, can lead to the extinction of a species, the loss of biodiversity, and serious damage to the ecosystems that support our very existence. The problems are not limited to individual nations as plants and animals are trafficked across borders, and the overall effects of wildlife crime contribute to global warming and climate change.

Taking action 

Clearly, in today’s global economy there is a need for an international strategy to deal with wildlife crime. The INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group brings together specialized criminal investigators from around the world to work on project-based activities on an international level. 

We encourage participation from environmental experts across the world in order to maximize the global impact of current projects and to devise new initiatives.

Members of the Board

Chairperson – Sheldon Jordan
Director General for the Wildlife Enforcement Directorate, Enforcement Branch
Environment Canada

Executive Board Members

GARDNER Shelley Illegal Logging Program Coordinator, US Forest Service, International Programs, USA
BEATH Joanne Director, Wildlife Trade Compliance, Department of Environment, Australia
POONPON Klairoong Forestry Technical Officer, Department of National parks, Wildlife and Plant, Thailand
FIORI Marco Chief Superintendent, corpo Forestale dello Stato, Italy
SALIH ABDELRAHMAN MASHAWI Nasr Eldin Criminal Investigation Directorate, Environment Protection Unit, Sudan
ABUELSAMEN Raed Deputy Director Royal Department for Environmental Protection, Jordan
JOOSTE Johan Colonel, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, south Africa
MACONHA Zito Jose Superintendent of Police, Wildlife Department, Ministry of Interior, Mozambique

Secretary – Dylan Swain
Principal Compliance Officer,
Wildlife Crime and CITES Enforcement,
Department of Conservation, New Zealand

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