Environmental Compliance Assurance: Trends and Good Practices
International Conference, OECD Headquarters, Paris, 17-18 November 2008
Compliance assurance – compliance promotion, monitoring, and enforcement against violations – is often the weakest link in environmental policy implementation in both OECD member and non-member countries. Although individual OECD countries have recently undertaken initiatives to develop effective and efficient compliance and enforcement mechanisms, there has been little if any systematic analysis of the experience gained by environmental agencies with different approaches in different settings.
A two-year OECD project engaged environment agencies in six OECD member countries (Finland, France, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US) and two major emerging economies (China and Russia) in a comparative analysis of their compliance and enforcement instruments, the ways in which they are applied, and the results achieved. The main output of the project – a report on good practices and trends in environmental compliance assurance – served as the background document for the conference.
The key objectives of the conference were:
to exchange experiences on the good practices and trends in environmental compliance assurance in OECD countries and major emerging economies; and
to agree on a limited number of emerging compliance assurance issues that would represent priorities for more in-depth study across OECD member countries.
The conference brought together environmental policy and enforcement officials from the countries participating in the project and most other OECD member states, as well as industry representatives and non-government experts.
For further information, please contact Eugene Mazur, Eugene.Mazur@oecd.org.
Project Report (forthcoming)
Mr. Robert VISSER (OECD)
Mr. Eugene Mazur (OECD)
Ms. Catherine Wright (UK)
Dr. Henk Ruessink (Netherlands)
Ms. Catherine McCabe (USA)
Mr. Christopher Sheehy (Private Sector)
Dr. Hidefumi Imura (Japan)
Mr. Richard Martin (UK)
Ms. Wanxin Li (China)