The IUCN-Commission on Environmental Law Steering Committee had its annual meeting in the Parque Estadual Intervales in the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
In an inspiring setting, the Steering Committee met for three days to discuss the implementation and give new directions to the CEL programme. Within the context of important achievements (revision of the Precautionary Principle Guidelines, participation in the IUCN Lebanon Task Force, further development of the Code on Ethics in Biodiversity) and the presence for the first time of CEL Vice-chair Professor Rafael Gonzalez Ballar from Costa Rica, the SC discussed the current status of the CEL Specialists Groups and the upcoming meeting of them in Istanbul in late June; the CEL incentives package (including the E-Helpdesk, the CEL Award, and the CEL on-line papers), the ELP new intersessional plan, and the next IUCN World Conservation Congress, to be held in Barcelona in 2008. The CEL Steering Committee members planted a tree as a tribute to Professor Alexander Kiss, a long standing member of CEL.
To see the revised Precautionary Principle Guidelines click here.