This paper is building on the WasteForce project deliverable ‘EU and Global Policy Impact Analysis Methodology’, which is led by the University of Limerick in cooperation with the United Nations University.
Impact assessment is a part of the policy implementation cycle, which can support the design and implementation of effective policies at a minimum cost. It can be instrumental in understanding policy options available to tackle a particular issue before devising a policy and in analyzing the performance of already implemented policy instruments with respect to the desired goals. When it comes to environmental policies, demonstrating the worth and merit of any regulation is even more important. The knowledge gathered from the evaluation of existing policies can help improve the quality of new environmental policies. This paper analyzes policy impacts and their assessments related to the transboundary movement of waste.
WasteForce is the project acronym for Deterring and disrupting illegal trade and management of Waste by developing Tools for Enforcement, Forensics and Capacity Building. WasteForce is subdivided into so called Work Packages, with differing task leaders, time tables and subjects. They are all aiming towards delivering outputs contributing to and reaching the overall project’s objectives.
The project aims at boosting the operational activities and capacities of authorities involved in the fight against illegal trade and management of waste through, among others, the development of new practical tools and methodologies. This activity will collect and analyse existing methodologies for impact assessment of changes in policies, markets or legislative changes affecting the waste trade and management at EU and Global level.
The WasteForce project builds upon and aims at expanding the results of the DOTCOM Waste project (www.dotcomwaste.eu). WasteForce will use, update and expand the DOTCOM online training toolkit and the WATCH-IT App for environmental inspectors, and replicate the approach and methodology of the multidisciplinary trainings and webinars.