The 9th International Conference Program is displayed below, featuring the schedule for key events throughout the week of the Conference and well as highlighting selected Conference pre-events. The Program will be updated throughout the Conference with summaries of panel remarks and workshop outcomes.
|Saturday, 18 June 2011|
|10:00 – 16:00||Creating and Sustaining Regional Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Networks
Experts from the regional and topical networks will share practical experiences and chart future collaboration, on substantive issues of mutual concern and regarding good practices for network management and governance.
|Sunday, 19 June 2011|
|9:00 – 17:00||Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training
INECE will facilitate two concurrent sessions of its capacity building programs: (1) the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement course and (2) the Conducting Environmental Compliance Inspections course.
|18:30 – 20:30||Welcoming Reception
|Monday, 20 June 2011|
|Day Chair: Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, High Court of Brazil, INECE EPC Co-chair|
|9:15-9:30||Opening Keynote: Call to Action on International Enforcement Cooperation
Speaker: Lisa Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
|9:30-10:00||The Power of Enforcement Cooperation
During this inspirational speech, the nominated expert will share remarks on the power of transgovernmental networks and enforcement cooperation.
Speaker: Minister Izabella Teixeira, Ministry of the Environment, Brazil
|10:30-12:00||Panel Session 1 – The Value of Enforcement Cooperation
Cooperation among government officials to exchange information and coordinate activity across national borders and institutions creates efficiencies in combating environmental crimes and enabling green economic growth. Transgovernmental networks, such as INECE, facilitate communications, support problem solving, leverage capacity building, and improve enforcement response. This panel will explore the value of networks for enforcement cooperation at the national, regional, and international levels, including ways that collaboration leads to effective implementation of international agreements. Panelists will propose strategies for expanding the use of environmental compliance and enforcement networks to create efficiencies in responding to common environmental challenges, including the illegal transboundary movement of waste.
|13:15-15:15||Workshop Session 1
|15:30 – 17:30||Workshop Session 2
|19:30||Dinner at the Hotel
Dinner Speaker: Antonio Oposa, President, Law of Nature Foundation, The Philippines
|Tuesday, 21 June 2011|
|Day Chair: Catherine McCabe, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, US EPA; INECE EPC Co-chair|
Catherine McCabe, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, US EPA; INECE EPC Co-chair
|09:10-10:00||Keynote Address: The Role of Strong National Environmental Institutions for Good Governance and the Green Economy
|10:15-11:45||Panel Session 2: Compliance with National Laws to Honor International Commitments
The success of multilateral environmental agreements is dependent upon strong national institutions to implement and assure compliance with domestic laws that are responsive to the international commitments. Resource constraints and lack of political will provide significant challenges to compliance and enforcement institutions around the world, but through effective cooperation, capacity building, and proper economic incentives, success can be achieved. During this session, panelists will discuss concrete examples of domestic compliance programs to meet commitments made under multilateral environmental agreements. The discussants will share ideas for establishing accountability mechanisms for assuring compliance with national environment laws which could serve as a core component of the green economy and good governance pillars of the 2012 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
|13:15-15:15||Workshop Session 3
|15:30-17:30||Workshop Session 4
|18:15||Barbeque Atop Whistler Mountain|
|Wednesday, 22 June 2011|
|7:00||Early Breakfast in the Cheakamus Room|
|8:00 – various||Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Site Visits
Participants will travel by bus to the demonstration site of their choice. At the sites, local experts will discuss compliance and enforcement programs, share experience from the field, and highlight lessons learned. All three buses will meet for lunch at Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver.
Group 1: Port Metro Vancouver
Group 2: Pacific Wildlife Research Centre – Riefel Bird Sanctuary & Alaksen Area
Group 3: Pacific Environmental Science Centre
|17:00||Dinner On Your Own|
|Thursday, 23 June 2011|
|Day Chair: Gerard Wolters, Inspector-General for International Enforcement Cooperation, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands, INECE EPC Co-chair|
|9:15-9:45||Keynote Speech: Future Trends and Tipping Points
Durwood Zaelke, Director, INECE Secretariat
|09:45-11:15||Panel Session 3: Compliance with Existing Laws and Policies that Deliver Climate Change Benefits
Strengthening compliance with existing environmental requirements can mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and by protecting ecosystem areas that store carbon. This panel will explore proven and non-traditional approaches for environmental compliance and enforcement to utilize existing laws and policies to realize climate benefits. Panelists will explore international and domestic law, including compliance promotion mechanisms under the Montreal Protocol; emissions trading programs and other market mechanisms; laws that protect forests, wetlands and other carbon sinks; and laws to reduce emissions of particulates. The panel will emphasize measures that maximize co-benefits, such as improvements in public health and ecosystem services.
|11:30-13:30||Workshop Session 5
|13:30-15:30||Lunch including Buffet of Ideas
During lunch, participants will join the “Buffet of Ideas” topic table of their choosing. Discussions will begin over lunch and continue into the afternoon.
|15:30-16:30||Report-Out on the Buffet of Ideas and Discussion
Moderator: Gerard Wolters, Inspector-General for International Enforcement Cooperation, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands; INECE EPC Co-chair
|19:00||Reception at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center
INECE will host a reception at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Center at 19:00. The Center celebrates the joint history of the Squamish and Lil’wat First Nations by showcasing their histories, creative works, and cultures in an interactive format.
|Friday, 24 June 2011|
|Day Chair: Catherine McCabe, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, US EPA, INECE EPC Co-chair|
Scott Fulton, General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency
|09:30-11:0[||Panel Session 4: Non-Traditional Approaches to Assure Compliance
Traditional means of enforcing environmental laws are often resource-intensive for regulators and for the regulated community. Promoting compliance through non-traditional means offers significant benefits to environmental enforcement organizations as they confront the formidable challenge of assuring compliance in a resource-restricted environment. These challenges can be best addressed through a mix of voluntary and compulsory strategies to bring about compliant behavior such as awareness campaigns, encouragement and celebration of compliant companies, ‘green’ awards, performance benchmarking, naming-and-shaming non-compliant companies, and innovative remedies. This panel will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches and strategies to change compliance behavior and will identify examples of good practice and evidence of effectiveness.
|11:30-12:00||Presentation of the Conference Statement
Moderators: Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin, Catherine McCabe, and Gerard Wolters
|12:00-13:00||Open Forum on Steps Forward for INECE
Conference participants will have an opportunity to provide comments and feedback on the future of environmental compliance and enforcement, as well as on the results of the Conference.
|13:00-14:30||Closing Ceremony with lunch to follow|