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 will be held in November 2015 in Singapore.
To support the Committee in its function, three working groups lead projects in specific areas:
Pollution Crime Working Group
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.
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.
Members of the Board
Deputy-Chief Environmental Crimes Section
US Department of Justice
Director Intelligence and Investigation Agency on Environmental Crime
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
Deputy Director of the Directorate General - Ministry of Environment and forestry
Deputy Director General
Department of Environmental Affairs
National Operations Waste and Enforcement Manager – Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Electronic Waste Sub-group
To identify the illegal networks responsible for shipping thousands of tons of electronic waste, such as used computers, to the developing world. With the establishment of Project Eden, members of the former Global E-waste Crime Group will provide operational support and act in an advisory role to this project.
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.
For the production and publication of a global pollution crime forensics manual, a sub-project has been initiated with the strong support of Environment Canada.
To conserve cleaner and safer marine environments.
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.
Climate Change Crime and Corruption
To explore legislative restraints and potential loopholes that may lead to the development of new crime areas connected to the issue of climate change.
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 of Operations
Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Vice-Chairperson – Frances CRAIGIE
Chief Director: Enforcement
National Department of Environmental Affairs
Delegate –Pablo IBARRA CORDERO
Jefe de la Brigada Investigadora de Delitos Medioambientales de la ciudad de Arica
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
Delegate - Donato MONACO
Corpo Forestale dello Stato
Delegate - Lawrence ANUKAM
National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)
Delegate - Roel WILLEKENS
Dutch Police National Programme Manager
Delegate – Miguel VILLANUEVA BENAVIDES
Director Ejecutivo de Medio Ambiente
Delegate – Jayanath WIJESEKERA
Senior Superintendent of Police
Officer in charge of Seethawakapura Police Division,