Environment in emerging and transition economies

OECD-INECE Expert Workshop on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Indicators


Key Conclusions of the Discussion


Please read the Summary Record of the workshop. 


You can also download the proceedings of the workshop:


Measuring What Matters - Part 1 (pdf)

Measuring What Matters - Part 2 (pdf)

Measuring What Matters - Part 3 (pdf)

Measuring What matters (Russian version)

All the  presentations are also available on the workshop web site of the INECE.




There has been growing worldwide interest in developing and applying environmental compliance and enforcement indicators, as they can be powerful and cost-effective tools to measure and manage the effective of compliance assurance programs. Compliance and enforcement indicators can also assist environmental policy makers, other public authorities, businesses, the general public, environmental NGOs and other stakeholders improve their programs’ effectiveness.


A number of countries have expressed interest in working on this subject in the context of the International Network on Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE). The OECD has joined this effort, taking account the OECD experience in the field of environmental indicators and the OECD co-operation with the countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia on environmental compliance and enforcement.




The main objectives of the workshop, that was held on 3rd and 4th November at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France was to assist enforcement agencies in designing enforcement and compliance indicators and using them for agencies’ performance assessment. The workshop discussion focused in particular on:


·          Reviewing the rationale, purpose and needs for using enforcement and compliance indicators;

·          Advancing the development of common definitions, typology and the relationships with other types of indicators;

·          Reviewing experience from OECD, transition and developing economies with using enforcement and compliance indicators;

·          Discussing follow-up steps at the international and country level in supporting individual country efforts to design and apply enforcement and compliance indicators that build upon “best practices” from other country experience. 




The workshop was attended by senior officials from environmental enforcement agencies from OECD, transition and developing economies as well as experts dealing with environmental enforcement/compliance and environmental information/indicators issues. Representatives of international environmental programmes as well those from non-governmental organisation active in this field were also present.




For further information about the workshop contact:


Mr. Krzysztof Michalak

Environment Directorate

tel: (33 1) 45 24 96 00

fax: (33 1) 45 24 96 71

e-mail: krzysztof.michalak@oecd.org




Mr. Kenneth Markowitz

INECE Secretariat

tel: (1 202) 338 1300

fax: (1 202) 338 1810

email: ken@inece.org