India’s National Green Tribunal convened the “World Environment Congress” from 25-26 March, 2017 in New Delhi where judges, lawyers, scientists, and civil society joined to advance dialogue on environmental challenges and the legal community’s capacity to tackle them. Throughout six interactive and technical sessions, participants focused on identifying the remedial and preventative measures that need to be taken to protect the global environment.
The WCEL Steering Committee met from 10-13 February in Brazil for their first in-person meeting of 2017 hosted at the National High Court of Brazil (STJ) in Brasilia. The meeting agenda consisted of a “high-level preparatory segment”, consultations with partners in the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment (GJIE), and a formal Steering Committee meeting including a site visit to Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the state of Goiás.
Enhancing the value of nature can play an important role in addressing some of the planet’s most pressing environmental challenges. Acknowledging nature’s rights may be a useful tool to help leverage nature and aid in reaching Europe’s biodiversity targets. On 29 March 2017, Nature’s Rights – a non-profit organisation seeking to establish legal personality and rights for ecosystems and species – held an event at the European Parliament in Brussels, to launch their initiative in Europe and explore the possibilities granting nature’s rights could bring to the discussion.
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, announced today that it is establishing an Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (ISTAP) to support the recovery of the Rio Doce Basin and the affected communities, following the 2015 collapse of the Fundao Dam in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
The Russian President has declared 2017 the Year of Ecology. This decision will draw public attention towards environmental issues, support the protection of ecological and biological diversity and reinforce ecological security of the country. The Action Plan for the Year of Ecology provides for more than 600 events across all regions of Russia.
IUCN is committed to gender equality. To support International Women's Day, the Water Programme compiled some of their most recent efforts to empower women in decisions and actions for sustainable water management.
Presentations on bioprospecting in the Caribbean region as well as the development of legislation on ABS for the participating countries, were submitted during the third regional workshop on the project “Advancing the Nagoya Protocol in Counties of the Caribbean Region”, held in Bridgetown Barbados on the 20th and the 21th of February, hosted by IUCN-ORMACC and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in corporation with the Government of Barbados.