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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.

Chapter 1: Environmental enforcement networks: theory, practice and potential

Grant Pink

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


Individuals, such as Professor Dr Michael Faure of the Flemish High Council of Environmental Enforcement (VHRM), Ken Markowitz of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and John Merritt of the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators neTwork (AELERT), have for many years now been stressing the importance of the role performed by environmental enforcement networks (hereafter EENs or networks). These individuals and others1 frequently detail the issues and challenges that draw participants together in various environmental enforcement networks (EENs or networks) activities including meetings, workshops and conferences. An element of each of these activities contributes towards participants gaining a more complete understanding of how EENs operate and function. Through a greater understanding of EENs, participants are better placed to leverage additional or enhanced benefits from EENs.