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Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee

The Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) brings together senior officials and decision makers from all 190 INTERPOL member countries to provide strategic advice on relevant issues and to harness global support.

Created in 2012, the ECEC replaced the former Environmental Crime Committee and continues to assist INTERPOL in identifying emerging patterns and trends in the field of environmental crime enforcement.

The Committee acts as a forum in which law enforcement officials meet 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.

The 1st Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) Meeting and Events were held in November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Read the final report

The 2nd ECEC Meeting and Events will be held in November 2015 in Singapore.
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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.

Two such projects were launched In 2013: one focusing on intelligence and the other on capacity building and advocacy. They are led by the governments of Norway and South Africa respectively. Driven by experts, the projects aim to identify, guide and develop the Working Group’s activities in these areas.

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 IUU-fishing
Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs
Norway

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

Secretary – Félix Avellan Pereirá
Detective
NCB San José
Costa Rica

Support Officer – Gary Orr
Manager, Compliance Operations
Compliance Directorate, Operations Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
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.

The 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 – Calum MACDONALD
Executive Director of Operations
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
United Kingdom

Vice-Chairperson – Frances CRAIGIE
Chief Director: Enforcement
National Department of Environmental Affairs
South Africa

Delegate –Pablo IBARRA CORDERO
Jefe de la Brigada Investigadora de Delitos Medioambientales de la ciudad de Arica
Chile

Delegate - Deborah HARRIS
Chief, Environmental Crimes Section
United States Department of Justice
United States of America

Delegate – Bishan SINGH
Additional Director General of Forests and Member Secretary National Tiger Conservation Authority
India

Delegate - Donato MONACO
General
Corpo Forestale dello Stato
Italy

Delegate - Lawrence ANUKAM
Director General
National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)
Nigeria

Delegate - Roel WILLEKENS
Dutch Police National Programme Manager
Environmental Crime
The Netherlands

Delegate – Miguel VILLANUEVA BENAVIDES
Director Ejecutivo de Medio Ambiente
Policia Nacional
Peru

Delegate – Jayanath WIJESEKERA
Senior Superintendent of Police
Officer in charge of Seethawakapura Police Division,
Sabaragamuwa Province,
Srilanka.