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Environmental Enforcement Networks

Environmental Enforcement Networks

Concepts, Implementation and Effectiveness

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Edited by Michael Faure, Peter De Smedt and An Stas

Compliance and enforcement is a fundamental issue within environmental law. But despite its pertinence, it is an area that has been neglected in academic research. Addressing this gap, this timely book considers the circumstances under which networking can increase the effectiveness of environmental enforcement.


Michael Faure, Peter De Smedt and An Stas

Subjects: environment, energy policy and regulation, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law


This book is the result of an international conference that has been organized on 13–14 November 2013 in Brussels by the Flemish High Council of Environmental Enforcement under the auspices of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE). The main goal of the conference and hence of this resulting volume was to address the phenomenon of networking with respect to the enforcement of environmental law in a more systemic and academic manner. There has been for a long time in many countries experience with a large variety of different networks in the area of environmental enforcement. The reasons for the creation of those networks are usually relatively straightforward: given limited assets of enforcement agencies, there is a lot to be gained by joining forces and by sharing information via networking. The bottom line is hence that networking can increase the effectiveness of environmental enforcement and therefore equally contribute to the quality of the environment.