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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 5: Evaluating and assessing environmental enforcement networks: through use of the network evaluation matrix

Grant Pink and James Lehane

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


Environmental Enforcement Networks (hereafter EENs or networks) generally have different foci in terms of commodities, sectors and regulated communities. Networks can also be quite specific in terms of the nature of their regulatory, compliance and enforcement activities, initiatives (e.g. undertaking joint inspections or collaborative projects) and responses (whether administrative, civil or criminal in nature) that the EEN undertakes. For the purposes of this chapter, the term environmental enforcement network/s (EEN/s) is used. Equally, environmental compliance and enforcement network/s could have been used as they are both used somewhat interchangeably. Irrespective, both are networks that direct their efforts towards ensuring that environmental laws, regulations and standards are complied with.

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