20 Jun 2014 | News story
The seventh meeting of the UN Working Group on Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) was widely recognized as being by far the most productive yet. The meeting took place in New York from 1 to 4 April. It was the first out of three meetings planned to discuss the scope, parameters and feasibility of a new instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in the high seas and international seabed area (the Area). …
30 Apr 2014 | News story
In the first week in April, 2014, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre held a meeting of the steering committee on Capacity Building for Protected Areas Law and Governance. ELC welcomed representatives working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania, consisting of both practitioners and academics, lawyers and non-lawyers, including partners from the World Commission on Environmental Law, the World Commission on Protected Areas, the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, and IUCN regional offices. …
14 Apr 2014 | News story
14 Mar 2014 | News story
Interdisciplinary Water Congress (CINA 2014)
A virtual (online) congress of research on the challenges and perspectives of water, from 2 to 6 June 2014.
Aims to be a meeting point for communication and relationship between all those who are engaged in research in any water-related issues.
Please diffuse widely and we hope to be able to count on your participation.
For more information see CINA 2014 website at http://cina2014.org/index_in.htm or http://webs.uvigo.es/congresoagua/index_in.htm
Water Campus University of Vigo
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06 Feb 2014 | News story
Today IUCN, led by the Environmental Law Centre, launched Mesolex, a web database providing the most comprehensive collection on environmental law and policy in Central America. Mesolex derives from ECOLEX, an information system and service for environmental law information worldwide, and is tailored for the needs in the Mesoamerican region. …
20 Dec 2013 | News story
Blog by Juan Carlos Sanchez. One of the key messages that came out of this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm is that climate change presents an opportunity for transboundary cooperation. After a series of seminars on this topic, there seemed to be several arguments supporting this. …
11 Nov 2013 | News story
During the seventeenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to the Convention on Biological Diversity, on 14-18 October in Montreal, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre presented a scoping paper on the role of law in achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Target 11.
The paper, which was developed by the ELC in collaboration with Natural Justice, is one of four new legal studies to explore how law can contribute to country actions on biodiversity incentives, protected areas, ecosystem services and the ratification of the Nagoya Protocol (Aichi Biodiversity Targets 3, 11, 14 and 16). The studies collate knowledge on the legal foundations and identify promising approaches to achieving the Targets. …
22 Oct 2013 | News story
IUCN experts are attending the Budapest Water Summit, taking place 8-11 October, which will gather the international community to form a recommendation to the UN for a Sustainable Development Goal focused on water and sanitation. …
07 Oct 2013 | News story
One of the key messages coming from this year's World Water Week in Stockholm was that climate change is an opportunity for transboundary cooperation. After a series of different seminars and side events dedicated to exploring this topic, there are several arguments that support this.
It is clear that a growing number of eco regions and countries are experiencing rising levels of water stress as climate change is putting additional pressure on the availability of water resources. This is experienced mainly through higher variability, intensity and frequency of droughts and floods. In a transboundary context, the additional pressure on water resources leaves two options. Firstly, States can opt for unilateral action motivated by self-interest in a context of competition over water. However, this can exacerbate existing regional tensions and may eventually lead to conflict. Secondly, the vital nature of freshwater can also be seen as a key ingredient for cooperation. …