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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.  

By ensuring diverse geographical and knowledgeable representation, the sessions brought forth healthy discussions and results-oriented resolutions to problems. WCEL was one of the many enthusiastic partners of the event’s attention given to the topics of...
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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.

Utilizing videoconferencing facilities of the STJ, the meeting was able to accommodate a high volume of participation among the Steering Committee and distinguished invited guests. The objectives of the meeting allowed WCEL to continue building upon its...
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The World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) is a network of environmental law and policy experts from all regions of the world who volunteer their knowledge and services to IUCN activities, especially to those of the IUCN Environmental Law...

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.

Co-hosted by MEPs Pavel Poc, Vice-Chair of ENVI Committee; Benedek Jávor, Vice-Chair of ENVI Committee; and Marco Affronte, ENVI Committee Member, the event: “Nature’s Rights Conference : The Missing Piece of the Puzzle” brought together a high-level...
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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 Rio Doce Panel will advise the Renova Foundation, an organisation formed by the Brazilian mining company Samarco, and its shareholders BHP Billiton and Vale, to manage the remediation and compensation programmes to address impacts from the dam failure...
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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.

Planned projects are divided into clusters. The largest one, both in terms of volume and number of activities, is ​​implementation of the new waste management system and the best available technologies (BAT). Besides that, in accordance with the decision of...
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IUCN is working with partners to establish an Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel that will provide advice on the environmental and social restoration underway in the Rio Doce watershed in Brazil.
In November 2015, the failure of the Fundão tailings dam at the Samarco mine in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil resulted in severe environmental, economic and social damage, as well as 19 deaths. The tailings spill ran approximately 650 km, from the mine,...
Independent Scientific and Technical Advisory Panels (ISTAPs) are a valuable tool for delivering technical advice, particularly when addressing controversial conservation and development issues.
For more than a decade, IUCN has developed and refined the ISTAP model to provide companies and other stakeholders with objective, credible and robust technical advice. While an ISTAP approach demands an objective perspective, it also links independent...

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.

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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. 

Countries present at the workshop included Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados. Also represented were regional bodies including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as well as The Caribbean Community (...
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