Perspectives on Environmental Justice in Compliance and Enforcement

October 26, 2021 9:00 am — 10:30 am
Webinar Only

An ELI Public Webinar

Studies have long demonstrated that many low-income communities, communities of color, and indigenous communities, among others, experience greater impacts from pollution than other communities. In some countries, these environmental justice concerns first became prominent over 30 years ago but responding to them has been and remains a challenge for environmental agencies. Many countries are looking for ways to fully integrate environmental justice in the development of rules, the issuance of permits, and the enforcement of environmental laws, especially as equity and human rights issues have become more prominent.

Members of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) have expressed significant interest in identifying ways that compliance and enforcement programs can produce more equitable environmental outcomes. This first webinar on Environmental Justice in Compliance and Enforcement will examine how justice concerns are arising and being addressed in several regions. It will include a brief overview of the problem of ensuring equitable enforcement of environmental laws and then include a series of questions designed to help understand how environmental justice issues are being addressed in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australia.

Join ELI, INECE, and a panel of experts to explore valuable perspectives on the status of environmental justice considerations in compliance and enforcement and identify steps that can be taken to strengthen these efforts.

Mark Ungar
, Academic Committee, Co-Head, INECE & Professor at Graduate Center, City University of New York, Moderator
Cynthia Barzuna Gutiérrez, Vice Minister of Water and Seas, Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Costa Rica
Anne Brosnan, Deputy Director (Chief Prosecutor) Legal Services, United Kingdom Environment Agency & President, European Network of Prosecutors for the Environment
Deb Hollingworth, Principal Solicitor of Environmental Justice Regulatory Standards & Enforcement, Environment Protection Authority Victoria
Arielle V. King, Environmental Justice Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute
Cristobal de la Maza, Executive Director, Superintendency of the Environment (SMA), Chile & Director, Latin American Network for Environmental Enforcement and Compliance (REDLAFICA)
Loan Nguyen,  Senior Attorney, US Environmental Protection Agency
Benson Ochieng, Executive Director, Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG)

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