Environmental Law

Sharing water, through better governance

Transboundary waters governance in Central America

Strengthening knowledge and capacities for shared waters  governance was the aim of a high-level workshop in El Salvador facilitated by IUCN. …  

08 Oct 2010 | News story

Food Security through Additional Income Generation

27-28 September 2010, Rome, Italy

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre participated at the stakeholders consultation on “Food Security through Additional Income Generation: From Payment of Environmental Services to Remuneration of Positive Externalities (RPE) in the Agriculture and Food Sector,” convened by the FAO Natural Resource Management and Environment Department at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Thomas Greiber, Senior Legal Officer at the Centre, was invited to give a presentation on legal frameworks for payment for ecosystem services (PES) schemes, the topic of two recent publications by the Environmental Law Centre: “Payments for Ecosystem Services: Legal and Institutional Frameworks”, and “Legal Frameworks for REDD: Design and Implementation at the National Level”.
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06 Oct 2010 | News story

Intern photo: Securing Water for Ecosystems and Human Well-being: The Importance of Environmental Flows

Water and Climate: Focus of 2010 World Water Week

How does water allocation happen if water resources increasingly fluctuate? What does sustainability mean in the context of an evolving definition of “normal”? …  

06 Oct 2010 | News story

Women pastoralists taking part in participatory filming (Olbil, Tanzania)

Participatory Video in the Pangani Basin, Tanzania

Participatory Video, a new innovative way of capturing and sharing communities’ voices on social and environmental change, was recently introduced by the IUCN Water Programme. …  

30 Sep 2010 | News story

Study tour participants

Enhancing Capacity-Building for Protected Area Management in the South Caucasus

20-24 September, Bonn Germany
Fifteen representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia came to the ELC  for a week of training on protected area management and governance.  During the seminar, participants exchanged views with experts from IUCN staff and IUCN membership and with other guest speakers on the involvement of the public in protected area management and planning, focusing on protected area co-management in particular. …  

29 Sep 2010 | News story

Alejandro Iza at SIWI World Water Week

The ELC at World Water Week

The Environmental Law Centre participated in World Water Week (WWW) in Stockholm, Sweden from 5 to 11 September 2010. Dr. Alejandro Iza, director of the Centre, together with Juan Carlos Sanchez, legal officer, joined the IUCN delegation in the most important water event of the year. …  

24 Sep 2010 | News story

IUCN logo

Joint workshop on Human Rights and Environmental Protection

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law held a joint workshop on Monday 13th September at the University of Ghent in Belgium on “Integrating human rights and environmental protection: status quo and ways forward”. This workshop preceded the Academy’s 8th annual colloquium, this year on the linkages between biodiversity and climate change. Justice Antonio Benjamin, Deputy Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and Justice of the High Court of Brazil was also present at the event to give introductory remarks. …  

20 Sep 2010 | News story

Fishing on the Perfume River in Vietnam

The future of water in the face of climate change

There needs to be significant investment to solve the growing water crisis that threatens water supplies and water quality for both people and nature, says IUCN. Climate change makes the search for practical solutions for water management increasingly urgent. …  

06 Sep 2010 | News story

IUCN's Deputy Director General Bill Jackson

Message from the Deputy Director General: Freshwater conservation

Watch IUCN Deputy Director General Bill Jackson talk about freshwater conservation challenges and explain what IUCN is doing to make sure that there's enough water in the world both for nature and for people. …  

04 Sep 2010 | News story

Vegetable nursery in Linda Vista, Guatemala

Communities reduce disaster risks by investing in nature

"Hurricane Stan in 2005 was the catalyst for action. We knew what needed to be done, we just did not realize the risks of inaction", said Gerardo Barrios De León, Head of the Tojgüech River Microwatershed Council. …  

23 Aug 2010 | 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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