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World Water Week Stockholm

Adaptive Water Governance in Action

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. …  

26 Sep 2013 | News story
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Ecolex

The Steering Committee of ECOLEX sets new goals for the future

The 20th ECOLEX Steering Committee met at the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in Bonn in September. The circumstances of the meeting were sad as the main catalysts of the ECOLEX project, Barbara Moauro and Dr. Francoise Burhenne-Guilmin, recently passed away.

The representatives of FAO, IUCN, and UNEP acknowledged the outstanding passion of both to establish and develop the partnership to current status and the tremendous loss of knowledge for the project.It was agreed to continue the work and make all efforts to move forward the legacy: access to information on environmental law and policy. …  

23 Sep 2013 | News story

Francoise Burhenne-Guilmin

A tribute to Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin

It is with great sadness that IUCN announces the passing of Dr Françoise Burhenne-Guilmin after a protracted illness.

This is a tremendous loss to the organisation and, in particular, to its Environmental Law community.
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26 Aug 2013 | News story
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High seas

The high seas call for more transparency

At the United Nations Headquarters on Friday, governments agreed to start scoping the content and feasibility of a new international legal agreement to conserve marine biodiversity in the two-thirds of the ocean that lies beyond the jurisdiction of individual States. This signals a strong shift in political opinion in favour of a new agreement, though the final outcome of these talks remains unclear. …  

25 Aug 2013 | News story

 Paraguayan President-elect Horacio Cartes greets Sheila Abed, upcoming minister of justice and labor, during the presentation of cabinet members for his government in Asuncion August 12, 2013

Sheila Abed appointed new Minister of Justice and Labor of Paraguay

Sheila Abed, founder of IUCN Member Instituto de Derecho y Economía Ambiental (IDEA) and former Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), has been appointed as the Minister of Justice and Labor of the Republic of Paraguay. The inauguration and swearing-in of the new President, Horacio Cartes, and his cabinet, took place on 15 August 2013 in Asunción. …  

21 Aug 2013 | News story

Ríos que Unen Fronteras

BRIDGE Project in Mesoamerica: Rivers Uniting Borders

The video “Rivers Uniting Borders” summarizes the work and main achievements of BRIDGE: Building River Dialogue and Governance in Mesoamerica …   | Spanish

17 Jul 2013 | News story
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The Legal Aspects of Connectivity Conservation - IUCN EPLP No. 85

ELC participates in 2013 BfN/ENCA Conference: Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) participated in the 2013 Joint European Conference on Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe convened by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA), 25-27 June, Bonn, Germany. The conference brought together experts from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of adapting to climate change in conservation from an ecological, policy and economic perspective. It also showcased successful conservation partnerships across Europe. …  

09 Jul 2013 | News story

Guía Explicativa de la UICN sobre el Protocolo de Nagoya sobre Acceso y Participación en los Beneficios (EPLP No. 83)

La Guía Explicativa de la UICN sobre el Protocolo de Nagoya sobre Acceso y Participación en los Beneficios disponible ahora en español

27 de Junio, 2013. En octubre 10 de 2012, durante la 11° reunión de la Conferencia de las Partes del Convenio de la Diversidad Biológica que tuvo lugar en Hyderabad, India, se llevó a cabo el lanzamiento de la Guía explicativa del Protocolo de Nagoya sobre acceso a los recursos genéticos y participación justa y equitativa en los beneficios derivados de su utilización en su versión en ingles. Desde hoy dicha Guía Explicativa está disponible en su versión final en español.  …  

27 Jun 2013 | News story

ELC Legal Officer - Santiago Martinez

ELC welcomes climate change expert

Please join us in welcoming our new colleague Santiago Martínez Ochoa, who joined the ELC as Legal Officer at the end of May.   …  

24 Jun 2013 | News story

Octopus

Marine Protected Areas workshop in Croatia

On June, 14, 2013, a national workshop on Marine Protected Areas was organized in Zagreb, Croatia by the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (UNEP/MAP – RAC/SPA) the IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (IUCN ELC). …   | French | Spanish

18 Jun 2013 | News story

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