Tuesday evening 19 September  - 7.00pm Drinks reception, Cloisters Lawn, Magdalen College, Oxfors
Wednesday 20 September 2017

08.00 – 09.00: Registration, coffee/tea and networking

09.00 – 10.00: Opening of Conference

•    Daniel Calleja (Director DG Environment) - conference opening address (tbc)
•    Terry A´Hearn (CEO Scottisch Environmental Protection Agency and Heads of EPAs representative NEPA)
•    Welcome by the Chairs of the Conference Roel Willekens, Chris Dijkens and Anne Brosnan (to include the conference theme: Wildlife & Waste and a recap of the headline message from the last conference in Utrecht 2016)

The conference will be formally opened by special guests from the Environment Agency in England and the Network of Heads of Environmental Protection Agencies. The Chair of the conference will set out the main aims and objectives of the conference.

Moderator: Anne Brosnan, Chair of ENPE network and Chief Prosecutor of Environment Agency England

10.00 – 11.00: Network activities

  • EUFJE  - Jan van den Berghe (´12)
  • IMPEL's Expert Team on Waste and TFS - Marina de Gier and Katie Olley (12')
  • EnviCrimenet  - Roel Willekens (12')
  • LIFE-ENPE Working Group 1, on Wildlife - Lars Magnusson (12')
  • LIFE-ENPE Working Group 2, on Waste - Rob de Rijck (12')

This is an opportunity for each network to update the conference on their key activities and challenges in the enforcement of environmental crimes in Europe. The IMPEL Expert Team on Waste and TFS will provide a short overview, followed by more detailed summaries from IMPEL and ENPE on specific waste & wildlife collaborative work. To conclude, the LIFE-ENPE project Working Groups on Wildlife (WG1) and Waste (WG2) will report on their work in guidance development and capacity building. 

Moderator: Anne Brosnan, Chair of ENPE network and Chief Prosecutor of Environment Agency England

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break & networking

11.30 – 12.30: Network activities

  • IMPEL's Expert Team on Nature Protection - John Visbeen (15')
  • EnviCrimenet - Roel Willekens (15')
  • LIFE-ENPE Working Group 3, on Air Pollution – Lorna Dempsey (15')
  • LIFE-ENPE Working Group 4, on Sanctions – Carole Billiet (15')

The third and fourth LIFE-ENPE Working Groups – WG 3 (Air pollution) and WG 4 (sanctions, prosecution and judicial practices) will have the opportunity to share with the conference, their activities, challenges and outputs so far.

Moderator: Rob de Rijck (ENPE)

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.00: Breakout Groups

  1. Waste

  • Boterbloem (Buttercup) Case - Frank van Diem (Dutch prosecutor), Ben Bom and Thera Boelhouwer (both the Dutch ILT)

The Waste breakout group will feature an interactive workshop presenting  and discussing a successful recent Dutch case on Trans Frontier Shipment of Waste. This fascinating case will be presented by the prosecutor, legal officer and specialist environmental accountant involved and will examine the tools used to obtain a successful outcome. Reference to on-going IMPEL and ENPE collaborative working will be made throughout. 

Waste theme, Moderator: Marina de Gier, Waste & TFS Expert Team Leader, IMPEL network 

  1. Wildlife

  • Bald Ibis, Italian Alps (LIFE project) -  Pasquale Fimiani & Carla Camparano
  • EU-Twix - Vinciane Sacre 
  • IMPEL E-SIX  - Jaap Reijngoud
  • Glass eel case  - (tbc)

The Wildlife session will look at two case studies; the first of which examines the successful prosecution, through collaborative working, of illegal hunting of a very rare bird – the Bald Ibis, and the second, an example of tackling illegal smuggling of wildlife from the EU Twix project.

Nature and Wildlife theme, Moderator: Lars Magnusson, Wildlife Expert Team Leader, ENPE network 

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee break & networking

15.30 – 17.30: Breakout Groups

  1. Waste 

  • Workshop 1: Using satellite technology to detect and prosecute illegal waste activities, including costs and technical restictions - Ray Purdy
  • Workshop 2: Blockwaste project - Leila Suvantoal
  • Workshop 3: Interpol global action  - Joe Poux (tbc)

The Waste session theme is innovation including an interactive presentation on the use of drones, and applied examples of their use in tackling illegal waste activities from the Italian police.

Waste theme, Moderator: Rob de Rijk, Waste Expert Team Leader, ENPE network 

  1. Wildlife

  • EU perspective on wildlife smuglging - Gaël de Rotalier
  • Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds in the Mediterrenean (MIKT) – Carmen Naves
  • Migratory birds – Barbara Ruis UN Environment (tbc) 
  • Understanding the intrinsic value of birds and habitats & cost recovery - Finnish price list - Jarmo Rintala

The Wildlife session will focus on the protection of wild birds from illegal hunting, with a case study from Calabria and an update on assigning appropriate intrinsic value on species and habitats from the MIKT project. 

Nature and Wildlife theme, Moderator: John Visbeen, Nature Expert Team Leader, IMPEL network 

17.30 – 18.00: Plenary, reporting from breakout groups (reporting template to be provided)

•    Waste
•    Nature & Wildlife

This will be an opportunity for the breakout groups to report back on the summary of the discussions, including outputs and next steps agreed.

Moderator: Representative ENPE (tbc)

For ENPE & ENVI CrimeNet members only 

ENPE and EnviCrimeNet will hold their General meetings, with attendance limited to the network members only. Delegates are requested to notify the network secretariat contacts if their wish to attend.

18.00 – 18.30: ENPE Members only – General Meeting

Session chair:  Anne Brosnan, Chair of ENPE network and Chief Prosecutor of Environment Agency England

18.00 – 18.30: EnviCrimeNet members only  - General Meeting

Session chair: Roel Willekens, Chair of ENVI CrimeNet 

19.30 – 22.00: Evening event – dinner
19.00:        Drinks reception (quad/garden/cloisters)
19.30:        Guests to be seated
19.45:        First course served 
20.15:        Main course served
21.00:       After dinner speaker & Magic show - Prof. Richard Macrory, UCL
21.30:       Pudding & coffee

Thursday 21 September 2017

08.00 – 09.00: Coffee/tea and networking

09.00 – 11.00: Securing Compliance assurance

  • European Commission (DG Environment) Perspective of the key challenges in Waste & Wildlife Compliance Assurance
  • Co-operation and co-ordination between authorities in the compliance chain,  view from Australia - Grant Pink
  • THEMIS - Prosecutor & Judicial training for consistency
  • Europol - Olda Martinu
  • Interpol Pollution Crime Wokring Group - Joe Poux

This session looks at instilling consistency in environmental enforcement at all stages of the compliance chain. Its focus is necessarily international, starting with the EU’s Compliance Assurance initiative and expanding out to include a view on competent authority co-ordination from Australia through our invited guest speaker Grant Pink. Different networks approaches (e.g. Capacity building; Guidance etc.) will be discussed, with a particular focus on training to ensure consistency across actors involved in the environmental regulation compliance chain and their jurisdictions.

Moderator: Chris Dijkens, Chair of IMPEL network 

11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break & networking

11.30 – 12.30: Organisational approaches to consistency - breakout groups

  1. Waste  

  • WEEE Forum - Pascal Leroy 
  • DOTCOM waste project - Federico Magalini (United Nations University)
  • Life Smart waste project - Willie Wilson (Scottische EPA)
  1. Wildlife

  • Bird Life 
  • CABS field actions
  • FACE - David Scallan
  1. Enforcement strategies

  • Current issues around better compliance assurance  - Mirsoslav Angelov

Moderator: Chris Dijkens, Chair of IMPEL network 

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 14.00: IMPEL/ENPE/EnviCrimeNet – learning from conference and next steps

This session offers the chance to reflect on the key messages arising from the conference, and critically, what next steps are required to further improve the fight against Environmental crime in Europe, and instil consistency in its enforcement across all networks and jurisdictions involved. A short summary from each network chair will be provided.

Moderator: Chris Dijkens, Chair of IMPEL network 

14.00 – 15.00: Prof. Rob White, University of Tasmania

To follow the key conference messages, our Inspiring speaker will provide their expert opinion on what has been achieved and what more can be done. There will be an opportunity for comments and discussion from the floor. 

Moderator: Chris Dijkens, Chair of IMPEL network 

15.00 – 15.30: Closing of the Conference - a thanks from the Chairs, including a conference summary

In closing the conference, all delegates will be asked to reflect on the previous two days, and the strides made in forging even closer working links between the networks involved in the chain of compliance. Opportunities for feedback, via the website and questionnaires will be presented to all.

An opportunity for a cultural excursion will be made available to all delegates to finish their unique conference experience at Magdalen College.

Moderator: Chris Dijkens, Chair of IMPEL network