Environmental Law

UNEP IKM Steering Committee Meeting

UNEP IKM Steering Committee Meeting

The MEA Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative Steering Committee met for the 6th time to discuss and agree on standards and improvements in information management, outlining the synergies between UNEP affiliated Multilateral Environmental Agreements and providing information for better policy and decision making. IUCN participated in this meeting in its capacity as longstanding observer to the initiative, as ECOLEX partner and as project consultant. The IUCN Environmental Law Centre developed a thesaurus of approx. 500 concepts (including additional synonyms, definitions, translations and alignments to controlled vocabularies of affiliated Multilateral Environmental Agreements) which was presented during the launch of the new search interface LEO (Law and Environment Ontology), an information system which envisages to present MEA COP decisions, national reports and e-learning tools together with treaty information, legislation, literature and court decisions harvested from ECOLEX. …  

05 Oct 2015 | News story


The Principle of Non Regression of Environmental Law in Ibero-America

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre presents a new book, The Principle of No Regression of Environmental Law in Ibero-America, which is published in the series “IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper”. Members of the World Commission on Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Masters in Environmental Law of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) contributed to this book, which describes how this new principle has permeated into national legislation and jurisprudence in different countries of the region. …  

30 Sep 2015 | News story

Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law

Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV

The Environmental Law Centre represented IUCN in the Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 7 – 11 September, 2015. The Montevideo Programme IV was adopted by the UNEP Governing Council in February 2009 as a strategy for the international law community and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). …  

25 Sep 2015 | News story

Waterfalls in Togitogiga Reserve, Samoa

Launch of IUCN Protected Areas Law Capacity Building Modules

IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance. The materials are designed to support educators in a wide variety of settings, such as training sessions, workshops, university courses and practitioner seminars. They include seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos. All are freely available on www.protectedareaslaw.org. This platform also provides a hub for educators to upload their own relevant resources to share with others around the world. …  

18 Sep 2015 | News story

Katelijn Van Hende, ELC Legal Officer, August 2015

ELC welcomes a new colleague

Katelijn Van Hende, a Belgian national, joined the ELC as a Legal Officer in August. Prior to joining IUCN, Katelijn was a lecturer at the School of Energy and Resources of University College London (UCL Australia), where she lectured on Law for Energy and Resources and International Policy and Geopolitics of Energy and Resources. …  

04 Sep 2015 | News story

Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 82 - Legalidad Forestal en Mesoamérica

Forestry law in Mesoamerica

Change in land uses is one of the main factors contributing to deforestation and one of the main challenges facing Mesoamerica. Existing laws and regulations are in need of revision in order to ensure efficient and effective implementation by institutions and state agencies. This is one of the main conclusions of the book: Legalidad forestal en Mesoamérica (Forestry Law in Mesoamerica) published on June 30, 2015 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre of the Environmental Law Programme. …  

27 Jul 2015 | News story

Hydrodiplomacy training 6-8 July 2015 
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Enhancing hydro-diplomacy to facilitate discussions on the draft IGAD Regional Water Resources Protocol

The IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) component of BRIDGE Africa is supporting IGAD to finalize its draft Protocol on Regional Water Resources and convened a second regional meeting on July 6th-8th 2015 in Naivasha, Kenya, attended by senior government officials who form the Technical Advisory Committee, members of  IGAD on Water Resources, legal experts from the IGAD Member States as well as staff from the IGAD Secretariat that reviewed the IGAD draft Protocol on Water Resources. …  

23 Jul 2015 | News story

Legal Effectiveness meeting, ELC Bonn 2015

Improving Effectiveness of Environmental Law: A meeting of experts

The last five decades have seen a proliferation of legal instruments related to the environment, ranging from treaties to national legislation to constitutional provisions to municipal regulations. Yet ecosystems and natural resources continue to decline at an alarming rate, while environmental challenges such as climate change and species loss accelerate. The expansive legal framework we have developed to ensure environmental sustainability is not meeting the ever-growing challenge. This raises questions of legal effectiveness. …  

10 Jul 2015 | News story

Charline Gaudin - ELC Legal Officer 2015

A new colleague in Bonn

The ELC welcomed a new colleague to the legal team this month.  Graduating in international law and international organisations from Paris I Sorbonne with a specialisation in international environmental law, Charline Gaudin is a French national with 10 years of environmental legal experience. …  

10 Jul 2015 | News story

The Blue Mountains, Jamaica

Law for Protecting Natural Heritage

World Conference Centre, Bonn. Applause erupted in the normally staid World Heritage Committee plenary with the announcement of the inscription of Jamaica's first World Heritage Site on Friday. Jamaica's Blue and John Crow Mountains site was added to the list of "mixed" cultural and natural sites, underlining the important connections between human culture and the natural environment. These connections lie at the heart of the World Heritage Convention, and in a sense underpin all human efforts to protect and conserve nature. …  

08 Jul 2015 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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