When it comes to enforcing nature conservation laws I strongly believe in collaboration within EU Member States and across Europe. Not only collaboration between Government Agencies involved in enforcement, but also between Governments and NGOs; collaboration between people who have the same goal: the protection of valuable natural areas and important species.
Information exchange contributes to the objective of nature and species protection. The more ‘eyes and ears’ in the field the more information we have, and so the smarter and more effective capacity can be harnessed to detect wildlife crime. That is why IMPEL, the EU Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law, has taken the initiative to establish an information exchange system between authorities and NGOs: IMPEL ESIX. Recent serious wildlife crime cases related to illegal capture, killing or trading of raptors or illegal activities according to hunting tourism underline the importance of sharing information with each other soon!
For me, for IMPEL, this is a first step. We are looking forward to work together and want to develop IMPEL- ESIX to be the best platform for the exchange of information between authorities and NGO’s!
Project leader IMPEL-ESIX
IMPEL Expert Team Leader on Nature Protection
About IMPEL – ESIX
IMPEL (see www.impel.eu) is the European Union network for Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law. The project leader working on behalf of IMPEL is, John Visbeen, Expert Team Leader on Nature Protection.
The IMPEL-ESIX information exchange system will be used specifically for the subject “Illegal killing and catching birds of EU Bird directive”(IKB) and at a later stage possibly for other issues such as the Birds & Habitats Directive and Natura 2000.
The objectives for IMPEL-ESIX project are:
- Share best practices, relevant in the enforcement chain
- Provide training materials, ID guides and other useful information for stakeholders and enforcement
- Exchange information on trends, seizures and on-going poaching activities regarding birds and other green issues (EU TR, Habitat Directive and N2000)
- Facilitate assistance from experts from (inter)national organisations, national authorities and experienced enforcement officials
- Facilitate cooperation between enforcement, National authorities and (inter)national organizations and other stakeholders
- The collection of seizure data of EU Bird directive species, in order to give a better view on the nature and extent of this type of crime.
All information relevant to protect birds as mentioned in the EU’s Habitats & Bird Directive is part of the scope of the information exchange system. IMPEL-ESIX a real-time communication tool for information exchange and cooperation in the area of Green issues between enforcement officials, national authorities and (inter)national and regional organisations of stakeholders
About the system
The system consists of 2 components:
- Website (will be available from September 2016)
- A controlled e-mail network.
The secured electronic mailing system allows quick and efficient sharing of information about trends, seizures, experiences, expertise and identification between enforcement officials.
The system also gives the opportunity to other stakeholders to share information about ongoing illegal matters, expertise, seizure news, scientific articles and other relevant information with enforcement officials.
The major benefits of the mailing system is to stimulate a level of (inter)national information exchange and co-operation that otherwise would not take place. It gives stakeholders the opportunity to share information with enforcement authorities. Several stakeholders are “the eyes and ears” in areas where illegal activities take place. Using the mailing system, this kind of information can be shared real-time. This rapid and direct way of sharing information can improve the effect and success of enforcement actions.
The mailing list is divided into two parts:
- Enforcement officers
Both sections have a moderator to assist communication between groups 1 and 2, and vice versa.
The general rule for the e-mail network is that messages from enforcement officers will be shared among registered enforcement officers only, except when the sender has approved that the message can also be shared with other stakeholders or has left this decision up to the moderator.
The Moderator has the task to decide, using conditions set by an Advisory Group, what information can be sent to both groups and what kind of messages are restricted to enforcement officers only.
The messages containing information from stakeholders will be evaluated by the moderator (within 2 hours after receiving in the period 07.00-19.00 hours, and shared with all enforcement officers or, when the message contains specific information about ongoing illegal activities, to the agency that is involved in Enforcement in that specific region. Further details must be elaborated with the Advisory Group.
An IMPEL–ESIX Advisory Group has been established in order to ensure that the system develops to match enforcement officials needs and IMPEL goals as much as possible. It should also ensure that the needs of other non-enforcement, stakeholders to share information are achieved.
Please send back your contact details to email@example.com if you want to be part IMPEL-ESIX system (for free, no cost involved):
- Full name
- Representing Enforcement body / Other stakeholder
- Name of Service /NGO
- Office address
- Email address
- Phone number
- Mobile phone