Environmental Law

WLGSP launch at the Swiss Pavilion

Launching the Water Law and Governance Support Platform: a direct line to legal expertise

Marseille, 13 March 2012. On the occasion of the 6th World Water Forum, the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the Global Water Programme launched the Water Law and Governance Support Platform (WLGSP). The event was hosted by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and held in the Swiss Pavilion (Marseille, Parc Chanot - Hall 3). …  

27 Mar 2012 | News story

ABS in relation to Marine Genetic Resources in ABNJs

IUCN-BfN International Seminar on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction - Report now available

The international seminar on conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ) was organized by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in collaboration with the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in Bonn, Germany 1-3 December, 2011. …  

21 Mar 2012 | News story

Participantes al taller

Especialistas revisan Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas de República Dominicana y discuten consideraciones para enfrentar efectos del cambio climático

Santo Domingo. Representantes del Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, el Comité Nacional de Miembros de la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza (UICN) y representantes de la sociedad civil de República Dominicana se reunieron el 7 y 8 de marzo para identificar las acciones que deben fortalecerse para hacer del Sistema Nacional de Áreas Protegidas un instrumento sólido y eficaz para enfrentar los efectos del cambio climático. …  

15 Mar 2012 | News story

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia.

Water without borders

Cross-border water management not only benefits water security but it also promotes dialogue, peace and cooperation – even in geopolitically unstable regions, according to IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). …   | French | Spanish

13 Mar 2012 | News story

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Towards more effective governance of ecosystem services – lessons learned from Cameroon, China, Costa Rica, and Ecuador

The IUCN Environmental Law Programme has just published an Environmental Policy and Law Paper on the governance of ecosystem services, based on case studies from Cameroon, China, Costa Rica and Ecuador. (Thomas Greiber and Simone Schiele (Eds.) (2011), Governance of Ecosystem Services. Gland, Switzerland: IUCN. Xii + 140pp.) The aim of this publication is to suggest ways for more effective governance of ecosystem services by examining the relevant legal and institutional frameworks of selected countries, identifying the gaps that exist and making recommendations for improvement. …  

07 Mar 2012 | News story

Spanish version of EPLP 77 "Legal Frameworks for REDD"

Spanish version of "Legal Frameworks for REDD: Design and Implementation at the National Level” (EPLP 77) now available

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has just released the Spanish version of the publication “Legal Frameworks for REDD: Design and Implementation at the National Level”. This publication identifies and analyses issues relating to the formulation and execution of laws and regulations for REDD at the national level. It was developed in collaboration with international and national REDD legal experts and includes case studies from Brazil, Cameroon, Guyana and Papua New Guinea.
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06 Mar 2012 | News story

Connectivity Conservation workshop, Bonn, 13-14 February 2012

Advancing Connectivity Conservation through Law

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre and Global Programme on Protected Areas, together with IUCN’s Commission on Environmental Law and the World Commission on Protected Areas, are leading new work on legal aspects of connectivity conservation. Fresh from the magnificent IUCN 2011 publication Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation, they are now focussing on the critical connectivity conservation requirement of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan Target 11, which addresses connectivity in the context of increased global PA coverage. …  

28 Feb 2012 | News story

Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 80
Law, Policy and Dryland Ecosystems in China

Dryland Ecosystems in China: the Role of Law

Law, Policy and Dryland Ecosystems in the People’s Republic of China, IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 80, is now available in print and electronically. The publication was co-edited by Ian Hannam and Du Qun, respectively the Chair and former Co-Chair of the Sustainable Soils and Desertification Specialist Group of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL). The book also represents the fruits of a successful collaboration between environmental law specialists from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP). …  

24 Feb 2012 | News story

Svitlana Kravchenko

In Memoriam: Svitlana Kravchenko

The Environmental Law Programme mourns a great friend: Svitlana Kravchenko died at 62, a few days after a heart attack, in Eugene (Oregon).  …  

16 Feb 2012 | News story
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IPBES in Bonn

From 7-9 December, 2011 IUCN participated in an International expert workshop "Policy support through relevant tools and methodologies in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services ". The workshop was organized in Bonn, Germany by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and was attended by 85 delegates. IUCN was represented by an ELC legal officer and IPBES programme officer. …  

10 Dec 2011 | 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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