VI. MONITORING AND ENFORCEMENT
Enforcement to ensure compliance is critical to realizing any policy objective regarding the environment. Environmental policies, statutes, regulations, standards and permits which are put in place to protect public health and the environment are futile if there is no compliance. Moreover, to ensure compliance, laws must be taken seriously. Wasserman (1995) notes that “the expectation that violations will generate a predictable and proportionate enforcement response is essential to the credibility of regulations. Furthermore, support for escalating enforcement response to known violations, and following through until compliance is achieved, are essential to the credibility of government regulations”. The monitoring of enforcement is a necessary condition for ensuring the promotion of credibility.