Fact Sheet: International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement: Seaport Environmental Security Network (INECE SESN)


Date of establishment April 2008
Legal basis Established as an outcome of the 8th INECE Conference (see INECE fact sheet)
Objective SESN works to strengthen the enforcement capacity among government officials in developed and developing countries to detect and control illegal transboundary shipments of environmentally-regulated goods through seaports. The goals of the SESN are:
  • Raise awareness of illegal movements of hazardous waste through seaports, their environmental risks, and the need to take action against them
  • Provide opportunities for participants to learn new skills, share experience and strengthen their capacity to enforce domestic and international hazardous waste law.
  • Facilitate international enforcement collaboration among government officials on ways to detect and stop illegal shipments of hazardous waste.
Nature The SESN is an operational network of professionals involved in the inspection and monitoring of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes through seaports.
Membership The SESN is open to participation by professionals involved in the monitoring and control of transboundary movements of electronic and hazardous waste including officials from national environmental and regulatory agencies, customs, police, port and maritime authorities, as well as international and other organizations with complementary mandates. Participation can be established by emailing inece@inece.org with name, contact information and professional credentials.
Observers Not applicable
Geographical scope Global
Substantive scope Illegal transboundary shipments of environmentally-regulated goods through seaports
Governance structure Three Chairpersons representing the Netherlands, the United States, and a third country solicited by the two permanent countries govern the overall operations of the network. As the convener of the network, the INECE Secretariat provides substantive and logistical support for the SESN. An Advisory Committee comprised of an international group of experts provides strategic advice.
Cooperation Links with other initiatives e.g. SBC; UNEP; WCO; UNODC; Interpol; BCRCs; IMPEL TFS; Asian Network for the Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes (see fact sheets)
  • Online tools and resources aimed at improving enforcement capacity.
  • Workshops for network participants to strengthen their capacity to perform hazardous waste inspections at seaports.
  • International inspection projects to foster collaboration among network participants and to identify capacity needs.
  • International exchange of practitioners
Source of funding Voluntary funding; in-kind contributions from participants, e.g. literature for library of capacity building resources, knowledge and expertise, participation in exchanges
Contact information inece@inece.org
Website http://www.inece.org/topics/seaports