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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Concluding and comparative remarks

Michael Faure, An Stas and Peter De Smedt


The 26 chapters in this volume present a wonderful overview of the large variety of environmental enforcement networks that exist on a worldwide basis. The chapters describing and analysing the environmental enforcement networks in this book represent almost all continents. One important and interesting conclusion, therefore, is that apparently in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Asia, those engaged in the enforcement of environmental law have recognised that creating environmental enforcement networks is of importance. This as such is already an important finding. The mere fact that many different environmental enforcement networks exist shows that those networks apparently respond to a particular demand in practice and that hence enforcers feel that the creation of those networks can add to the effectiveness of enforcement efforts. Of course, between all of the networks that have been described and analysed in this volume, there are to some extent similarities at a general level (in the sense that all networks at an overall level aim at improving environmental enforcement through networking), but the nature and intensity of the different networks can show a lot of variety.

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