Environmental Law

We live in a world where we are subject to environmental and economic effects that transcend national boundaries. Increasing globalisation has led to a greater recognition of the need to address these issues.



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Law is fundamental to just and effective governance of natural resources, for the benefit of people and nature.

IUCN aims to advance environmental law through the development of legal concepts and instruments. IUCN also helps societies apply environmental law in the conservation of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.


  • Third SRJS webinar on environmental law Third SRJS webinar on environmental law Photo: IUCN ELC

    SRJS initiative hosted its third webinar on environmental law


    Shared Resources – Joint Solutions (SRJS) is a five-year strategic partnership between IUCN NL, WWF Netherlands and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Together with over 50 NGOs and civil society organizations in 16 low- and middle-income countries...

  • Meeting of Experts on Crimes against the Environment, ELC, Bonn, Germany Meeting of Experts on Crimes against the Environment, ELC, Bonn, Germany Photo: IUCn ELC

    Technical meeting of experts on crimes against the environment


    Crimes against the environment are illegal acts which directly cause harm to the environment for example illegal wildlife trade, illegal logging, illegal mining and dumping of hazardous wastes among others. The ELC organised a technical meeting of experts to...

  • Live interviews taking inside the studio Live interviews taking inside the studio Photo: Doyi Mazenzele

    Public Awareness Campaign using Community Radio launched in Tanzania


    On 21st May, 2018, public awareness campaign on biodiversity conservation, land use planning and climate change resilience using a community radio, Mpanda FM Radio, was launched in Nkasi (Rukwa) and Tanganyika (Katavi) Districts in Tanzania. The programme is...

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Marine wildlife Photo: PB CC0

Oceans and Coasts

Oceans cover most of the planet, but marine biodiversity is among the least understood branches of science. There exist governance gaps over key marine ecosystems, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction.


Judicial and prosecutorial training in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania Photo: Jia Qiao


Illegal taking and illegal killing represents a significant and growing pressure on wild species of fauna and flora.


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