On Sunday 3 July 2011 a joint-workshop organized by the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Centre, entitled “Towards the legal recognition and governance of ecosystem services” was held in Mpekweni, South Africa.
During this workshop, papers were delivered on various aspects of ecosystem services. The discussions during the workshop enabled participants to realize that there were numerous angles to the topic of ecosystem services and that the discussion had not been fully explored, in particular concerning the human livelihoods aspect and the intricate relationship between ecosystem services and rights.
This is a call for contributions to the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, a peer reviewed journal from the North-West University of Potchefstroom in South Africa. In view of the major conferences planned for 2012 (the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the 5th World Conservation Congress and the 11th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity), this publication will focus on analysing what legal tools exist to reconcile human rights and ecosystem services. Contributions may focus on judicial decisions recognising ecosystem services and their importance for human well-being or on existing legal frameworks for the governance of specific ecosystem services, and the extent in which they take into account the rights of all stakeholders, for their continuous provision.
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