East African Network Concludes Successful Capacity Building Workshops
On 9-13 November 2012, the East African Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE), with the support of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and DANIDA-Kenya (Embassy of Denmark, Nairobi) conducted a regional training on the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Course and the Facilitators Course for the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement.
This is the third time in as many years that EANECE has conducted the regional capacity building workshops in East Africa. The training was held in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania as one of the main events of the second EANECE Summit which concluded with a major regional conference on 15-16 November 2012. The training brought together 20 participants from various government agencies in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The participants were drawn from diverse backgrounds including environmental inspectors, attorneys, occupational safety and health inspectors, and managers of compliance and enforcement programs. The courses were facilitated by a team of highly qualified and experienced trainers including INECE’s Jo Gerardu (Netherlands) and Tom Maslany (USA) and EANECE’s Dr. Robert Ntakamulenga (Tanzania), Robert Orina (Kenya) and Gerphas Opondo(Kenya). The EANECE trainers were drawn from the team that undertook the Facilitators’ Course conducted by INECE in Mombasa, Kenya, in November 2011.
The Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement training course, which ran from 9-11 November 2012, is designed to enable participants to develop their own management approach to an environmental problem, to draft enforceable requirements where appropriate, to design a unique compliance strategy and enforcement program, and to role-play in a negotiation session to resolve a specific enforcement case. At the end of the course, all the participants were optimistic that they will be able to apply the common principles to their specific environmental challenges and design efficient strategies to use their national laws to their most effective outcomes.
The Principles course was developed by USEPA in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment in response to requests from new enforcement programs and has been taught to thousands of participants in different countries and environmental programs worldwide. The course presents a compilation of international experience on the fundamental principles for designing and implementing environmental compliance and enforcement programs and is designed for delivery in a wide variety of cultural settings.
On 12-13 November 2012, ten participants out of the twenty who had successfully completed the Principles course proceeded to undertake the Facilitators Course for the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training. The aim of the Facilitators course was to build capacity for future delivery of the Principles course and other related courses in East Africa. This group adds to the twelve facilitators who were trained in Mombasa, Kenya, in 2011. With a total of 22 facilitators now trained in the region, it is expected that with some additional mentoring, this team will be able to replicate the Principles course across East Africa. As a matter of fact, Kenya’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) conducted its pilot course using the local facilitators in May, 2012. One more course for twenty inspectors is lined up for delivery in December 2012.
The Netherlands Ambassador to Tanzania, H.E. Dr. Ad Koekkoek, graced the ceremony marking the close of the training and handed over the certificates to the successful course participants. Dr. Koekkoek commended EANECE for its capacity building efforts in East Africa and called for enhanced support from the governments in the region in order to realize EANECE’s mission to promote the rule of law, good environmental governance and sustainable development through efficient and effective implementation and enforcement of environmental requirements.