Capacity Building and Collaboration: Enforcement Training to Build Capacity that Ensures Environmental Protection
In order for any environmental regulatory approach to be effective, there must be a strong rule of law with a comprehensive enforcement programme that promotes and enforces compliance with the law, and that will encourage the regulated community to comply with the law (Zaelke et al., 2005). In addition, there must be adequate capacity within the country to implement the laws, both by the regulated community and by the government and civil society (Jones, 2008). ‘Capacity’ should be considered widely: the capacity for legislatures and parliaments to write enforceable laws; the capacity for environmental ministries to translate the law into effective regulations, permits, and other controls; the capacity for industry and other polluters to understand and comply with the law; the capacity for civil society and the public to oversee and hold accountable the government and the regulated community; and the capacity for police, inspectors, prosecutors, and judges1 to inspect for compliance, investigate violations, and enforce the law.
KeywordsEnvironmental Crime Environmental Compliance Classroom Training Environmental Inspection Environmental Enforcement
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