Environmental Enforcement Networks
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Environmental Enforcement Networks

Concepts, Implementation and Effectiveness

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.
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Chapter 16: Informal environmental networking: the EPA Network example

William Fawcett


There is a common understanding among the members of the European Network of the Heads of Environment Protection Agencies (EPA Network) on the strong influence of European Union (EU) environmental legislation. EU environmental legislation is transposed and implemented in Member States, and to some extent in candidate countries, European Economic Area states and Switzerland, according to prevailing national legislative frameworks. National environmental governance structures vary widely across Europe. Therefore, environmental protection agencies can have a wide range of roles and tasks depending on the national context. Effective environmental governance at all levels is crucial in maintaining and improving the European environment. This makes the opportunity to come together in a network and exchange information and experiences all the more important.

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