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 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. 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.

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

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

Secretary – Félix Avellan Pereirá
NCB San José
Costa Rica

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


5th Fisheries Crime Working Group (FCWG) Meeting
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 6 to 8 October 2016

The meeting brings together enforcement officers from a wide variety of enforcement agencies including: police, fisheries, customs, tax, port authorities, coastguards, navies and vessel registries. It will review the work undertaken by its Fisheries Intelligence and Capacity building projects since the last meeting in Cape Town in October 2015, and will propose new activities. Working meetings of the projects will also take place in the margins. Amongst the crime types covered are illegal fishing. fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, the illegal trade in fisheries products, and human trafficking. Significant progress has been made since 2015 in tackling some of these crime types. Such achievements come about by the sharing of solutions intelligence and capabilities and the backing of governments. The INTERPOL FCWG will build on that cooperation with a growing family of practitioners represented at the meeting.

INTERPOL Project Scale will take advantage of this expertise to convene case conferences bringing together intelligence officers and analysts to work on active enforcement operations.

INTERPOL FCWG will also hold a meeting with civil society. Civil Society are increasingly active as first responders on illegal fishing. The aim is to learn how the enforcement community and civil society can cooperate to achieve the objectives of fighting all the diverse criminality potentially represented by illegal fishing.

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 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

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
Director General
National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)

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

Director Ejecutivo de Medio Ambiente
Policia Nacional

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