Environmental Law

Galanthus woronii - a source for Galantamine, which is used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

National experts trained on Legal Framework for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)

From 2 to 9 June, 2010 the IUCN Environmental Law Centre held the third round of training courses under the InWEnt programme “Regional Environmental Policy in the South Caucasus”. Three-day training courses focusing on “Legal Frameworks for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS)” were carried out for staff members from the Environmental Ministries as well as other Ministries and NGOs in Georgia and Armenia. A third training will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 30 June to 02 July, 2010. The final activity within this series of trainings will be an international seminar taking place in Bonn, Germany, in September 2010. …  

15 Jun 2010 | News story

D Ottinger, M Doelle, ELC staff and interns

Old friends visiting the ELC

On Tuesday June 8th, two long-time friends of the ELC, Dick Ottinger and Meinhard Doelle, stopped by to meet with ELC staff and interns during the UNFCCC negotiations where they were both participating as official observers. …  

15 Jun 2010 | News story

Tacaná project

Investing in Water Knowledge - Sharing WANI Lessons between Oceania and Central America

Remote communities and watershed challenges such as disaster risk reduction, are what we share” said Dr. Milika Sobey, Water Coordinator for the IUCN Oceania Regional Office based in Fiji. …  

15 Jun 2010 | News story

Alejandro Iza, Director del Centro de Derecho Ambiental de la UICN (de negro) compartió con autoridades guatemaltecas su experiencia alrededor de la gobernanza de cuencas transfronterizas.

Transboundary watersheds governance: Building capabilities in Guatemala

Senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with technical advisers and transboundary negotiation staff met in Antigua in Guatemala on 27-28 April 2010 to attend a course on Shared Water Governance. …   | Spanish

03 Jun 2010 | News story

A: Iza at U Buenos Aires

ELC Director - Award with distinction

A ceremony at the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires on 10 February 2010 marked the presentation of the prestigious Faculty Award to Dr. Alejandro Iza, Director of the IUCN Environmental Law Centre. The Award is presented occasionally for the best doctoral thesis based on individual research.
  …   | Spanish

27 Apr 2010 | News story

A.Iza al Parlatino, Buenos Aires, 4-5 de marzo 2010

Trabajando con parlamentarios sobre cambio climático

El Dr. Alejandro Iza, director del Centro de Derecho Ambiental, en su carácter de experto internacional en derecho de aguas, fue invitado personalmente a participar en la última sesión del Parlatino y exponer sobre los aspectos fundamentales de la conservación de los glaciares en el contexto del cambio climático. …  

30 Mar 2010 | News story

Legal frameworks for REDD

Legal Frameworks for REDD: Design and Implementation at the National Level

Since 2007, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) has become a major focus of negotiations towards a post-2012 agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). An effective REDD mechanism could provide a strong tool for mitigating global climate change as well as enable developing countries to enhance tropical forest protection and sustainable development options. It is no coincidence, however, that many high-deforestation countries likely to host a majority of REDD projects also have the weakest forest governance records in recent decades, resulting in large part from inadequate design and implementation of forest laws. …  

19 Mar 2010 | News story

John Scanlon

John Scanlon appointed as New Secretary General of CITES

The ELP is pleased to share the news that John Scanlon, former Head of the Environmental Law Programme and Director of the Environmental Law Centre, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). …  

15 Mar 2010 | News story
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EPLP No 78 Payments for Ecosystem Services

Payments for Ecosystem Services: Legal and Institutional Frameworks

Analysis and engagement with partners working on ecosystem services transactions, policies and laws over the past 10 years have demonstrated a clear need to better understand the legal and institutional frameworks that have the potential to promote or hinder the development of payments for ecosystem services (PES) schemes, as well as the complex legal considerations that affect ecosystem services projects. In response, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and The Katoomba Group have worked on a joint initiative to analyze the legal and institutional frameworks of water-related PES schemes and projects in four Andean countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. …  

17 Feb 2010 | News story

Participants at the Covenant meeting, 15 January 2010

Meeting on the draft Covenant on Environment and Development in Bonn, January 14-15

Hosted by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), eighteen international law experts from all over the world - most of them Members of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) - gathered in Bonn to proceed to an update of the draft Covenant on Environment and Development. The project is spearheaded by CEL, and implemented with the support of the International Council for Environmental Law (ICEL), an international NGO member of IUCN. The meeting followed more than one year of preparation, with invited experts providing proposals for amendments to be considered at the meeting. …  

21 Jan 2010 | 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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