8th International Conference on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (8th INECE Conference)

Venue: Cape Town

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Apr 05, 2008 End Date/Time: Apr 11, 2008
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INECE is pleased to announce that it will hold its 8th International Conference on 5-11 April 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa.

INECE’s triennial international conferences bring together environmental compliance and enforcement practitioners from more than 80 countries and organizations to build partnerships for enforcement cooperation and to share a wide range of skills and experiences that improve compliance with international and domestic environmental laws. The 7th Conference (2005) provided training on INECE's principles of compliance and enforcement course and fostered the development of a new compliance and enforcement network for the Maghreb region. The Conference resulted in the Marrakech Statement and Call to Action on making law work for people, environment, and sustainable development.

The 8th Conference will open with two days dedicated to local capacity building and networking events. The subsequent five days will feature action-oriented thematic workshops, distinguished keynote speakers, and networking opportunities for over 150 invited participants, and will include a day for field visits to sites of innovative environmental enforcement initiatives in South Africa.

Central themes of the Conference will include "Strategic Management of Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Programs," "Detecting Noncompliance," "Transboundary Compliance," "Biodiversity and Compliance," "Climate Change and Compliance," and "Compliance Promotion and Social Aspects." INECE will be releasing a Call for Papers on these and other environmental compliance and enforcement topics in advance of the Conference.

South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, which is supporting the Conference, noted that "[e]nvironmental compliance and enforcement are becoming high profile issues in South Africa in the context of high economic growth and development, ...the ongoing protection of our biodiversity and protected areas, and the required adaptation for climate change. We therefore welcome the attention that the INECE Conference will bring to environmental compliance and enforcement in South and Southern Africa."

Additional information on the 8th Conference, including the Call for Papers, will be made available in the coming months. Conference participation is by invitation only; nominations will be made through the regional compliance and enforcement networks.