Environmental Law

ABS in relation to Marine Genetic Resources in ABNJs

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

The draft recommendations from the 4th meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) have indicated the need to explore the existing gaps in the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as well as possible ways forward. …  

06 Dec 2011 | News story

El Salvador

Governance of the Goascorán River: a shared resource between El Salvador and Honduras

As part of the IUCN Building River Dialogues and Governance (BRIDGE) project, a workshop was held to strengthen governance capacity of the transboundary river Goascorán. This river basin is shared by Honduras and El Salvador, an area of great environmental, economical and geopolitical importance in the region. …   | Spanish

01 Dec 2011 | News story

Domincan landscape

Enhancing the legal regime on Protected Areas in Dominican Republic

Representatives from Ministries and civil society met on 14 October 2011 in Santo Domingo to bring together ideas for enhancing the PA legal regime in Dominican Republic so that it integrates biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. …  

08 Nov 2011 | News story

Workshop Participants (2)

Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia adapt laws and policies to climate change

Delegates from Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia met recently in Tanzania to discuss ways of strengthening national capacity to adapt biodiversity and natural resource laws and governance to climate change with a focus on strengthening climate change policy and laws in the three countries. The workshop also looked at ways of enhancing synergies with international biodiversity and natural resource laws and policies. …  

21 Oct 2011 | News story

Microcuenca del río Yorkín

CNN iReport: IUCN water project in the spotlight

The IUCN Sixaola river project on the Costa Rica-Panama border was recently filmed and broadcast on CNN’s iReport. …   | Spanish

20 Oct 2011 | News story

WANI Team, annual WANI meeting October 2011, San Jose, Costa Rica

Water Nexus focus of WANI meeting

The water energy and food security nexus was one of the core themes on the agenda of the 13th WANI meeting, held in Costa Rica from 10-14 October. …  

15 Oct 2011 | News story

Call for contributions to the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal – Towards the legal recognition and governance of ecosystem services

On Sunday 3 July 2011 a joint-workshop organized by the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Centre, entitled “Towards the legal recognition and governance of ecosystem services” was held in Mpekweni, South Africa. …  

04 Oct 2011 | News story

IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium "Water and Law: Towards Sustainability"

Professor Patricia Wouters, Director of the IHP-HELP Centre, on being named the Distinguished Scholar by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the July 2011 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Colloquium "Water and Law: Towards Sustainability" in South Africa, said: …  

14 Sep 2011 | News story

Dr Alejandro Iza, Director IUCN Environmental Law Centre, chairs the 'Strengthening Water Diplomacy in Transboundary Basins' seminar

Overcoming challenges to water cooperation

With more than 270 transboundary rivers worldwide, and threats such as climate change, the need for improved capacity in managing water resources sustainably and equitably has never been greater. …  

06 Sep 2011 | News story

CMS Executive Secretary, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema and ELC Director, Alejandro Iza

New Agreement Governs the Relationship between the IUCN Environmental Law Centre and the CMS Family

Bonn, 2 September 2011 - A new Memorandum of Understanding between the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (IUCN ELC) and the CMS Family Secretariats of CMS, AEWA, EUROBATS and ASCOBANS has been signed at the UN premises in Bonn today. …  

05 Sep 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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