Environmental Law

Inner Niger Delta

WANI - Treasure Trove of IWRM Knowledge

At the annual World Water Week in Stockholm, the IUCN Water Programme launched a new series of knowledge products inspired by the work of over 10 years Water and Nature Initiative. …  

23 Aug 2011 | News story

Taller gestión Transfronteiza del agua

El Salvador committed to strengthen capacities for consensus building and shared governance of water

Officers and senior officials of the Salvadoran government reinforced their expertise in aspects of international law on shared watercourses and negotiation skills in the second training workshop facilitated by IUCN, in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Integration and Economic Development. …   | Spanish

17 Aug 2011 | News story
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Alejandro Iza, IUCN ELP Director, gives a presentation on negotiation over shared waters

Water Law, Peace and Security

How can international water law promote regional peace and security? How do international legal frameworks support national decision-making related to transboundary water resources and planning? Who is entitled to use transboundary freshwater resources? How can States use international law to promote hydro diplomacy? …  

16 Aug 2011 | News story

IUCN Academy logo

IUCN Academy Honoured with Prestigious ABA Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy

The International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law (IUCN Academy) received the twelfth annual American Bar Association (ABA) Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy. The international achievement award was presented on August 7, 2011 at the ABA Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario.
  …   | French

12 Aug 2011 | News story

Cover photo: REDD+ Benefit-sharing paper

IUCN-ELC REDD+ Benefit-sharing Paper Published

The UN-REDD Programme and the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) recently published a paper written by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre titled "REDD+ Benefit Sharing: A Comparative Assessment of Three National Policy Approaches." The paper compares benefit-sharing approaches associated with payments for ecosystem services, participatory forest management, and forest concession revenue sharing arrangements. The publication also assesses the ability of these policy approaches to address drivers of deforestation, and summarizes challenges and lessons learned from REDD+ benefit sharing planning to date. The paper may be found here. …  

08 Aug 2011 | News story

Connectivity first organisation meeting July 2011

Legal Aspects of Connectivity for Conservation

The first organizational meeting for the development of a concept paper on connectivity for conservation was held at the ELC from July 25 to July 28. …  

29 Jul 2011 | News story

Dr. Alejandro Iza (Head Environmental Law Programme) giving an introductory speech

Joint workshop between the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and the IUCN Environmental Law Programme on Ecosystem Services

The IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP) and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law held a joint workshop on Sunday 3rd July at Mpekweni Beach Resort in South Africa entitled “Towards the legal recognition and governance of ecosystem services”. This workshop preceded the Academy’s 9th annual colloquium. …  

28 Jul 2011 | News story
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Guidelines for protected areas legislation

The indispensable guidelines on Protected Areas law - now in print!

The Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation, Environmental Policy and Law Paper No. 81, is now available in print and electronically. The publication is the result of a three-year project led by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), in cooperation with the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme (PAP) and with extensive contributions from the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), as well as important inputs from the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP). …  

05 Jul 2011 | News story
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Guatemala

Greener ways to end poverty

Poverty and environmental degradation go hand-in-hand throughout the world; each can cause the other. With the global population likely to reach nine billion by 2050 there is an urgent need to address both in tandem when devising new economic development models. …  

27 Jun 2011 | News story

Mekong River

BRIDGE - Building River Dialogue and Governance

Creating good water governance capacity lays the foundation for effective and sustainable water management, this is the crux of IUCN’s new water project BRIDGE - Building River Dialogue and Governance. …  

03 Jun 2011 | 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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