International Programs: Regulation and Compliance
ACFEC has extensive experience in designing, developing, and delivering contextualised training programs to international clients. We deliver training that adopts best practice environmental investigative principles, including international standards for best practice in environmental regulations.
Our primary objective is to assist in developing and enhancing organisational and individual investigative capacity.
Through practical training, ACFEC provides systems and strategies that empower individuals and institutions to address regulatory challenges. For example, we have been engaged by the Federated States of Micronesia to develop environmental protection training to environmental and fisheries officers, have partnered with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania to deliver training to government officials from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and have successfully provided Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training Course in Fiji by partnering with Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
Our international training is targeted and relevant. We work closely with local experts in customary law to ensure training reflects the cultural environment of our partnering nations.
OUR EDUCATIONAL DESIGN APPROACH
ACFEC adopts a methodology to design a course that is highly interactive and utilised a range of adult training techniques. The training harnesses validated workplace simulation scenarios that involved investigating suspected violations of environmental laws. This allows the participants to explore the provisions of the relevant laws and importantly, to practice skills required to plan and conduct an environmental investigations.
Our courses are competency based and contextualised to client settings. We train officers using highly-practical exercises to improve skills and maximise workplace performance.
Clients can also utilise our expertise to develop fully supported training programs. In developing clients' training programs, we apply the ADDIE model and our educational design principles include:
- Competency based assessments
- Flipped classroom model
- e-Learning platform
- Utilising international best practice standards (OECD) and analytic toolkits (UNODC)
Our courses are competency based and contextualised to client operational and jurisdictional framework.In designing learning materials and assessment tools,we incorporate the customary law into our training approach
We train officers using highly-practical exercises to improve skills and maximise workplace performance.
The data below has been collated from the feedback forms by learners for international programs (compliance and regulatory training) between 2014 and 2016.
"One of the best and well organised workshop to have attended, thanks for the opportunity"
"Thank you for the opportunity to be part of this workshop. It really was a good refresher, and good time to build networks especially to participants from Vanuatu and Kiribati" (Acting Senior Environment Officer, Department of Environment, Fiji Islands)
"This training is recommended for senior management"
" [This training helped] better understanding of investigation, importance of note taking, procedure to interview. Generally gauge better understanding of enforcement and compliance."
"The training is quite timely, in regards to illegal activities, that concerns Environmental degradation in my province" (Acting Senior Environment Officer, Department of Environment, Fiji Islands)
"The course is very challenging to me in trying to enforce the Decree. Sure there are many loopholes in it. Learning new things such as interviewing and gathering evidence of offences committed in our Forest Decree 1992."
"The overall course was excellent and recommended for other environment and forestry officers."
"This is one area that most officers were lacking. In the past years most serious environmental issues taken to court were out due to lack of skills in prosecution from officers"
"The training went exceptionally well and its relation to the real work has been greatly appreciated by the participants. This is another step forward to effective biodiversity conservation. It has been again a great pleasure working with you and your team." (Rudolf Hahn, FAO Chief Technical Adviser (CTA), Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Training)
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