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Announcing the 2016 World Environmental Law Congress!

We are excited to announce that the 1st World Environmental Law Congress will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 27 to 29 April 2016. 

15 Jan 2016 | News story

Workshop participants, at Wuhan University

Protected Areas Law Capacity Building Teachers & Trainers Workshop at Wuhan University

 In cooperation with the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL) at Wuhan University, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and IUCN Academy of Environmental Law offered a workshop for law teachers and trainers in the Asian region as a part of the new Protected Areas Law Capacity Building Initiative. The intention of the workshop that ran from 23-27 November at Wuhan University was to present participants to protected areas law resources and a guide for use in different  teaching and training circumstances. …  

10 Dec 2015 | News story

Sliding down Mulan Mountain

Staring down a snow covered mountain

In November, IUCN coordinated a workshop for teachers and trainers of protected areas law, together with the Research Institute of Environmental Law (RIEL). Over the course of a week, participants from across Asia shared knowledge and practiced using capacity building resources developed by IUCN. …  

08 Dec 2015 | News story

Participantes capacitación sobre gobernanza del agua

Training Course on Water Governance in a Transboundary Context

As part of the activities promoted by BRIDGE Andes, on 17 and 18 November 2015, a Training Course on Water Governance in a Transboundary Context took place in Quito, Ecuador.
This event was attended by several representatives of the Ecuadorian Government including the National Water Secretary (SENAGUA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Environment and other non-governmental institutions involved in the management of transboundary waters in the region. …  

04 Dec 2015 | News story

Denizen of oceans beyond national jurisdiction ...

Preparing for Negotiations on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction

Two-thirds of the world's oceans lie beyond national jurisdiction. These areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) are of key importance for food security, carbon capture and scientific research. However, despite their importance, these areas have suffered from a lack of a governance framework that can ensure their conservation and sustainable use. To remedy this, the UN has started a diplomatic process on an international legally binding instrument on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In early November this year, IUCN held a workshop for participants in this process to discuss potential elements of that instrument. …  

27 Nov 2015 | News story

Project inception meeting, November 2015

Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Tanzania

Acknowledging the increase of illegal killing of animals in the last decades and the parallel multiplication of highly organized criminal networks threatening local biodiversity and endangered species in Africa, the Environmental Law Centre introduced a project focusing on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Tanzania. The burgeoning demand for ivory, together with low conviction rates and lenient penalties limit the effects of national or international legal instruments focusing on wildlife conservation. …  

06 Nov 2015 | News story

BRIDGE workshop Cote d'Ivoire

Strengthening cooperation in the governance of shared waters in West Africa

West African countries face relatively similar challenges with regard to the governance of transboundary waters but are not at the same level of cooperation: In some basins such as the Volta or the Senegal, transboundary cooperation between riparians is already well-established and codified in a basin agreement. However, some other basins are still developing the legal and institutional architecture for cooperation in the governance of those shared waters. …  

11 Oct 2015 | News story

Hydrodiplomacy training BKK September 2015

Water Ecosystems and Regional Security: The Role of Hydrodiplomacy

 As the world’s most productive inland fishery, the Mekong Basin provides 25% of the global freshwater catch and serves as an important source of food, water and energy for over 60 million people. However, economic growth, hydropower development, and climate change have placed increasing pressure on this rich ecosystem. In order to ensure regional sustainability and security, strengthening cooperation between riparian countries is imperative. International water law can help. …  

05 Oct 2015 | News story

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.  …  

05 Oct 2015 | News story

IUCN EPLP 84

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

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