Who can become a member?
Membership of IMPEL is open to organisations or authorities working in the public sector who implement and enforce environmental legislation. It is not open to individuals. Typically, membership in IMPEL is taken up by EPA’s, inspectorates and Ministries.
Benefits of being involved
- Your organisation will be in a network of 50 other environmental authorities with the opportunity to work together on practical implementation issues through projects and activities;
- Learning from projects is free. That learning can then be implemented in your home organisation often with the support of colleagues from other IMPEL member countries;
- Networking with other implementation and enforcement specialists from 35 member countries;
- Your organisation will benefit from the opportunity to have staff take part in projects (with their flight, accommodation and basic catering costs included).
Being a member comes with responsibilities. IMPEL derives a part of its income from membership fees (€ 5,000 for the first member in a country and then € 3,000 for subsequent members) and the rest from LIFE+ income from the European Commission. Members are asked to contribute a membership fee. The network is also only as successful as the participants themselves when they network, discuss and work together so taking part in decision making, projects and activities is also a key part of being a member.
How to proceed?
If your organisation is interested in becoming am member of IMPEL, please contact our Secretariat. Part of the procedures involves drafting a application letter, which will be discussed and voted on during the General Assembly meeting.