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:

Wildlife Crime Working Group

The INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group initiates and leads a number of projects to combat the poaching, trafficking, or possession of legally protected flora and fauna.

Far-reaching damage 

Wildlife crime, such as poaching, the traffic in illegal ivory or illegal logging, can lead to the extinction of a species, the loss of biodiversity, and serious damage to the ecosystems that support our very existence. The problems are not limited to individual nations as plants and animals are trafficked across borders, and the overall effects of wildlife crime contribute to global warming and climate change.

Taking action 

Clearly, in today’s global economy there is a need for an international strategy to deal with wildlife crime. The INTERPOL Wildlife Crime Working Group brings together specialized criminal investigators from around the world to work on project-based activities on an international level. 

We encourage participation from environmental experts across the world in order to maximize the global impact of current projects and to devise new initiatives.

Members of the Board

Country Job title Family name First Name Entity (e.g. NCB or other)
Canada Director General,
Wildlife Enforcement
Jordan Sheldon Environment Canada
South Africa Environmental
Management Inspector
Rikhotso Hetisani
Department of Environmental Affairs
Program Manager
Gardner Shelley USDA Forest Service and USDOJ
INTERPOL Washington
Honduras Jefe de operaciones NCB Benitez Valle Allan Johel National Central Bureau Tegucigalpa
Kenya Chief Investigation Officer-
Wildlife Crimes
Cheruiyot Mark Kenya Wildlife Service
Thailand Forestry Technical Officer Poonpon Klairoong Department of National Parks, Wildlife
and Plant Conservation
Switzerland Scientific Employee Bradbury Lisa CITES Management Authority Switzerland
Malawi Environmental/Wildlife
Crime Desk Officer
Msowoya Mzondeyi
National Central Bureau Lilongwe


27th Wildlife Crime Working Group (WCWG) Meeting
Johannesburg, 02-04 October 2016

The meeting will be held alongside the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

INTERPOL looks forward to bring together representatives of member countries from wildlife and forest authorities to review the progress that has been made on activities relating to the interim projects developed during the 26th WCWG Meeting in 2015. The Meeting will look to identify any new challenges and issues faced by member countries, and develop strategies and future activities that will help address these emerging wildlife and forestry crimes.

As part of the three day meeting, the first two days will be open market days that will include participation from civil society, providing an opportunity to strengthen the collaborative relationship with law enforcement. Some of the key topics to be focused on during the working group meeting will include community engagement, illicit trade and supply chain security, and investigation and control capabilities.

26th Meeting of the Wildlife Crime Working Group
Singapore, 23-27 November 2015

INTERPOL looks forward to convening operational managers specialized in wildlife and forest crime from all member countries to take stock of what has been achieved over the last year, discuss current projects and plan future activities that will help tackle the threats facing their respective disciplines.

The meeting will take place, and include law enforcement, over a period of five days. However, the first two days of the meeting will be set up to include civil society representatives from non-governmental and international organizations, providing civil society and law enforcement the opportunity to engage, share and work with each other.

For additional information on how to register kindly coordinate with your country’s INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB).


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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