One of the aspects of IMPEL that is most appreciated by its members, and by those who deal with it, is its informal character. The IMPEL Statute reflects that character. Participation in projects and activities is open to environmental practitioners working in an environmental authority that is a member of IMPEL.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the highest authority of the Association. The General Assembly determines the policy of the Association and decides on the budget, working programmes, project proposals and project reports. IMPEL members in one country designate a National IMPEL Coordinator who represents them in the General Assembly.

Expert Teams

IMPEL organises its work into five thematic areas:
1. Industry regulation
2. Waste and TFS
3. Water and land
4. Nature protection
5. Cross-cutting tools and approaches

The Expert Teams are responsible for developing activities that address key implementation gaps, oversee the delivery of those activities and the quality of their outputs. A Programme Management Group brings together the team leaders of the 5 thematic areas, who then have the responsibility of organising the activities into a single integrated programme.


The Board is the executive body of the Association and is responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the General Assembly’s decisions. For example, it manages relationships with key external stakeholders such as the European Commission, drafts the budget of the network and manages and allocates funds where needed. The Board supervises the Secretariat. [Read more]


IMPEL is supported by a secretariat which is the backbone of the IMPEL network. The secretariat staff is made up of a team of six officers. [Read more]

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