IUCN CEL Vice Chair Ms. AL-Sharifeh Nawzat bint Ali attended the first meeting of the West Asia Regional Committee (WARC) on Monday 21 January 2008 in Amman, Jordan, at the invitation of Dr. Odeh Al Jayyousi, IUCN Regional Director of West Asia Office (WAME).
She took the opportunity to inform participants about the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)’s work and explore ways to cooperate in the future. The meeting discussed many issues, including the priorities of each country, that will be synthesized into a document reflecting the region's priorities. The participation of AL-Sharifeh Nawzat as a CEL Steering Committee member was very welcomed and lots of ideas were exchanged towards helping the members in some areas that would need a legal input. The participants also explored the possibilities of active participation in the upcoming IUCN congress in Barcelona, with the aim of being actively present in all key activities. AL-Sharifeh Nawzat requested the participants to share with her by e-mail the names of active environmental lawyers in the region, with whose work they are familiar in the field of environmental law and commitment to voluntary work, in order for her to recommend them to become members of CEL. She will contribute a paragraph on this issue in the next newsletter of the IUCN Regional Office of West Asia (WAME), targeting all regional members and helping to remind the participants of what was discussed. Participants were encouraged to view the Environmental Law Programme (ELP) and CEL website for more information on programmes and activities they could benefit from. She wishes to remind existing members of CEL to use actively the CEL List email forum, as well as to update their contact information on the CoReg system as needed.