The Environmental Law Centre represented IUCN in the Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 7 – 11 September, 2015. The Montevideo Programme IV was adopted by the UNEP Governing Council in February 2009 as a strategy for the international law community and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The Senior Government Officials meeting addressed the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV, emerging issues in the field of environmental law, and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law until 2020. The outcomes and review of the meeting will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016. At the side event organized by the Government of Uruguay “Prospects and challenges of Environmental Law “, Dr. Alejandro Iza, Director of the Environmental Law Centre presented an analysis of the environmental legislation for the protection of drinking water, an emerging issue in Uruguay given the fact that water supply has been threatened mainly by water pollution sources caused by agricultural contamination and urban runoff. Dr. Iza provided an overview of the current situation of the environmental law both at the national and international level and their correlation, and provided examples on how national legislation have been implementing the principles in order to protect water sources.