The East African Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (EANECE) is common dialogue and action platform among local, national, regional and international environmental compliance and enforcement institutions and practitioners in East Africa. These comprise environmental management and regulatory agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector, higher learning and research institutions and professionals involved in environmental governance in the East African States of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania (including Zanzibar) and Uganda. The network is working towards expanding its reach to include Ethiopia and South Sudan.
The network aims to foster sustainable development in East Africa through better compliance with and enforcement of environmental laws and policies. It seeks to achieve this by: promoting regional harmonization of environmental laws and regulatory frameworks; capacity building; sharing of information on priority environmental enforcement and compliance issues; and advancing the strengthening of relationships among the members to improve cooperation on inter-agency and cross-border environmental issues.
Over the years, EANECE has stood out as a good model of how local, national and regional cooperation can achieve environmental benefits at local, national and international levels. In an environment where technical capacity, finances and human resources are often lacking, the network has demonstrated complementary efforts to the work of regulatory agencies in assuring compliance with national environmental laws as well as international obligations.
The EANECE Secretariat housed by the Environmental Compliance Institute (ECI), a Nairobi-based NGO that promotes sustainable societies in Africa by advancing good environmental governance and environmental rule of law. EANECE is a member of the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE).