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.
Read the final report

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:

Pollution Crime Working Group

As a network of global experts for assistance, advice and information on oil discharges, garbage pollution, waste trafficking and other environmental crime investigation, 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.

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.

Taking action

Investigative manuals: Three investigative manuals have been released since 2007:

  • Illegal Oil Discharges from Vessels (2007) – restricted access only
  • Pollution Crime Forensics (2014)
  • Illegal Garbage Discharges from Vessels (2018)

In addition, a two-phase report has been published on the links between Electronic Waste Trafficking and Organized Crime (2009).

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.

Operation 30 Days of Action (2017): Initiated by INTERPOL Pollution Crime Working Group, Operation 30 Days of Action targeting the illegal shipment and disposal of waste was carried out in June 2017. It was the largest global law enforcement operation ever conducted against waste crimes with 43 participating countries, from every region of the world. It resulted in more than 1.5 million tonnes of illicit waste detected, among 664 cases, of which 238 were cases of illicit waste sites and 423 were cases of illicit waste trade (3 cases were unspecified). 483 individuals and 264 companies were reported for waste crimes and violations by national authorities.
Read more about the operation, the operational key findings and the full report.

Members of the Board


Joseph Poux
Deputy-Chief Environmental Crimes Section
US Department of Justice

Vice Chairperson

Edwin Lakerveld
Director Intelligence and Investigation Agency on Environmental Crime
The Netherlands


Maria Lola da Purificacao
Director General of the Ministry of Environment

Tamasang Christopher Funwie
Chef Regalutory Unit of the Ministry of Environment and sustainable development

Achmad Pribadi
Deputy Director of the Directorate General - Ministry of Environment and forestry

Ishaam Abader
Deputy Director General
Department of Environmental Affairs
South Africa

Willie Wilson
National Operations Waste and Enforcement Manager – Scottish Environment Protection Agency

Current projects

Electronic Waste Sub-group

Objective: To identify the illegal networks responsible for shipping thousands of tons of electronic waste, such as used computers, to the developing world.

Activities: With the establishment of Project Eden, members of the former Global E-waste Crime Group have been providing operational support and acting in an advisory role to this project.

Environmental Forensics

Objective: 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.

Activities: A global Pollution Crime Forensic Investigation Manual was published in 2014, with the strong support of Environment Canada.

Clean Seas

Objective: To conserve cleaner and safer marine environments.

Activities: 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. The group has produced an investigative manual on Illegal Garbage Discharges from Vessels to assist with the understanding and enforcement of regulations in this area.

Climate Change Crime and Corruption

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

Activities: The production and publication of a report on the role of law enforcement in mitigating climate change.


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