The IUCN Regional Office for Oceania has secured seed funding for the establishment of national environmental law associations in Fiji and the Solomon Islands.
The first meeting of the Fiji Environmental Law Association was held at the IUCN office on 12 June. The meeting was opened by Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi, former High Court Judge and Vice-President of Fiji, and was well attended by lawyers, conservationists and academics.
Participants endorsed the proposal to establish an independent environmental law association ‘to protect the environment and support sustainable resource management through law’. Key activities of the association will include: community legal education, legal advice and advocacy, law reform activities and professional development.
IUCN will work with partners in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to support the establishment of the Solomon Islands Environmental Law Association in the second half of this year.