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International cooperation

Environmental supervision involves cooperation in a variety of fields and with a wide range of international organisations.

The area which involves the closest cooperation is the protection of fish stocks. Environmental inspectors take part in joint control operations with the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) and in connection with Baltic Sea fishing.

The Environmental Board is also part of the European Union’s environmental supervision network IMPEL and its working group IMPEL-TFS. Whereas the network is primarily about exchanging experience and bringing principles of environmental protection into line, IMPEL-TFS – which was established with the aim of harmonising the supervision of the cross-border transportation of waste – also organises joint checks in border areas and the exchange of inspectors between Member States.

Similarly to the environmental supervision network, an EU nature conservation network known as GreenForce has been established, in the activities of which the Environmental Board is also involved.

The Environmental Board also works with other countries in the detection of marine pollution and the identification of those responsible for it.

Since 2011, when the then Environmental Inspectorate became an investigative body, we have also represented Estonia in EnviCrimeNet , an international network investigating environmental crimes.

Our fisheries protection inspectors participate in international missions. Photo: Photo collection of the Supervision Department


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