Committee and Working Groups

Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) and Working Groups

The Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee (ECEC) brings together senior officials and decision makers from all 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.
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The 2nd ECEC Meeting and Events were held in November 2015 in Singapore.
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The 3rd ECEC Meeting and Events will be held on 28 and 29 November 2017 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
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To support the Committee in its function, four 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. As of October 2016 they are led by the governments of Norway, Indonesia and Fiji. Driven by experts, the projects 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.

7th Meeting of the Fisheries Crime Working Group
17-19 October 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark

6th Meeting of the Fisheries Crime Working Group
27-29 September 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Report of the meeting

5th Meeting of the Fisheries Crime Working Group
6-8 October 2016 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Report of the meeting

Members of the Board

Chairperson – Eve De Coning
Senior Advisor
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Deputy Chairperson – Medina Thiam
Deputy Director of Maritime Safety and Marine Pollution Prevention
National Agency for Maritime Affairs

Board Member – Gary Orr
Manager Compliance Operations
Compliance Directorate, Operations Branch
Ministry for Primary Industries
New Zealand

Board Member – Murray Bauer
Special Agent
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States of America


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 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
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Great Britain

Vice-Chairperson – Deborah HARRIS       
Chief: Environmental Crimes Section

Member – Pablo IBARRA
Chief of Environmental Crime
Policía de Investigaciones de Chile

Member - Moegamat ABADER
Deputy Director General
Department of Environmental Affairs
South Africa   

Member – Edwin LAKERVELD
Head: Special Intelligence and Investigation
Service on Environmental Crime
The Netherlands

Member - Gunnar STOLSVIK
Head of Project
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries

Member - Donato MONACO
Corpo Forestale dello Stato

Member - Sochivi KAO
Deputy Director General
Fisheries Administration

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