EANECE works to strength the capacity of environmental regulators in East Africa to implement and enforce environmental requirements. In this regard, EANECE organizes capacity building events in the form of training workshops and peer placements among its members as well as with other internationally recognized agencies. Below are some of EANECE's recent and on-going capacity building programmes:
Principles of Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Course:
Since 2010, EANECE in partnership with the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), has run the Principles of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement training course in East Africa. So far over one hundred enforcement officials from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have benefited from the training. The Principles of ECE course enables 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, participants are able to apply common principles to their specific environmental challenges and design efficient strategies to use laws to their most effective outcomes.
The course was developed by the US EPA in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment and in response to requests from new enforcement programs and has been taught to thousands of participants in different countries and environmental programs worldwide. It presents a compilation of international experience on the fundamental principles for designing and implementing environment compliance and enforcement programs and is designed for delivery in a wide variety of cultural settings.
The Principles of Environmental Enforcement training course is a facilitated training. In a facilitated training, participants learn through their own participation and experience in the course and through the input of their fellow participants. The participants are encouraged to think for themselves and to work together to resolve problems. The training course utilizes a variety of training techniques, including lecture, question and answer sessions, group discussions, case studies, and role-plays.
Besides the Principles of ECE course, EANECE in conjunction with the above stated partners also runs the Facilitators Course. So far twenty three officials from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have undertaken the Facilitators Course. The objective of the Facilitators course is to build capacity within East Africa for future delivery of the Principles of ECE course and other similar courses. The experiment has so far been very successful in Kenya where the trained facilitators have been able to successfully deliver the Principles of ECE course in three successive sessions to their peers from the environmental regulatory agencies.
Environment Agency Placements in the United Kingdom:
The Environment Agency for England has been hosting placements through the Professional Fellowship Programme since 2003. Through this programme the Agency has developed strong relationships with environmental protection agencies (EPAs) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Reducing the environmental footprint of the UK in developing countries is an aim of the Environment Agency's International Strategy. The Agency acknowledges that significant gains can be made by building the capacity of environmental regulators in developing countries so that they can better protect their environment and regulate the industries that operate within it. Improving relationships between industry and regulators in these countries is key to this. The current Business Exchange Project between the Environment Agency and the industries it regulates is an example of how the Agency is proactively working to improve its relationship with industry in the UK.Â EANECE believes that applying this model to the Professional Fellowship Programme would be beneficial to the regulatory activity of the respective member EPAs. It will help foster good relationships between the regulators and regulated in these countries by embedding environmental sustainability in their operations.
As part of its international engagement, the Environment Agency has agreed on a three year programme with EANECE which seeks to share best practice and build the capacity of member countries in this area. Through EANECE, the Environment Agency engages with partner EPAs in East Africa in this project and disseminates good practice learned during the placement to all member countries. The first placement under this programme was a Professional Fellowship Programme partnership between Environment Agency, Lafarge Cement and EANECE members and took place in November/December, 2012. The placement was aimed at supporting cement sector regulation in East Africa. A total of six participants drawn from the regulatory agencies and cement manufacturers in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda took part in the programme that lasted for three weeks in the UK. An industrial compliance officer and a Lafarge environment officer from the three EANECE member countries worked together in the UK during the three weeks placement.
The next round of placement in the UK is planned for November/ December 2013 and will focus on solid waste management, particularly the operation and regulation of landfills.
The overall intended outcomes of the placements programme include:
- Improved relationships between regulators and regulated community East Africa
- Improved Regional engagement for shared issues
- Increased technical resilience
- Greater understanding of global impact of cement industry
- Enhanced environmental sustainability
EANECE's key partner, the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) has developed the Environmental Compliance Training Resource Library. The Library is a collection of resources developed by INECE and by other organizations on designing training programs and actual environmental compliance courses and guidance organized by theme across the environmental management cycle. The majority of INECE's capacity building resources can be found here. Materials in the library are public documents that may be used with proper attribution for non-profit or academic purpose. EANECE encourages you to access the Library through the above link.