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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:

Fisheries Crime Working Group

The INTERPOL Fisheries Crime Working Group initiates and leads a number of projects to detect and combat fisheries crime.

Taking action

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.

Final Report
2nd meeting of the Fisheries Crime Working Group
4, 5 and 7 November 2013 – Nairobi, Kenya

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
Norway

Vice Chairperson – Stuart Cory
Special Agent
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States

Secretary – Foluke O. Areola
Acting Director,
Federal Department of Fisheries,
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Nigeria

Support Officer – Jennifer Reeves
Deputy Head of UK IUU Team
Marine Management Organisation
United Kingdom

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
Capitán
Policía Ambiental del Ecuador

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

Delegate - Lawrence Chidi Anukam
Director
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
Point Focal BCN-INTERPOL/LOME/TOGO
Cabinet du MERF