Who We Are

Who We Are

The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) is a partnership of government and non-government enforcement and compliance practitioners from more than 150 countries.

INECE’s goals are: raising awareness to compliance and enforcement; developing networks for enforcement cooperation; and strengthening capacity to implement and enforce environmental requirements.

INECE is dedicated using regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to guide compliance with and enforcement of environmental laws and regulations that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecosystem integrity at the global, regional, and national levels.

INECE communicates that environmental compliance and enforcement play a fundamental role in building the foundation for the rule of law, good governance, and sustainable development.

The Network is comprised of more than 4,000 members from international organizations, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Dutch and US environmental agencies, who founded INECE in 1989, remain key funders, with additional support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the European Commission, as well as Environment Canada and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

INECE activities are geared toward government officials and NGO partners active in environmental compliance and enforcement, and international organizations. All environmental professionals are invited to make use of the materials and resources provided on this Web site and to contribute to the networking and exchanges.

Please follow these links for more information on INECE’s organizational structure, commentary from INECE Director Durwood Zaelke, and for information on the INECE Web site.

INECE Mission

The INECE mission is to contribute to a healthy and clean environment, sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecosystem integrity through effective compliance and enforcement of environmental laws using regulatory and non-regulatory approaches.