The IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP), represented by the Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and colleagues from the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), participated in the Arab International Conference on Environmental Legislation which was held from 05 – 07 July 2008 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Organized under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Vice Premier and Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector General, it was the first conference ever to be held in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a focus on environmental law.
The ELP was cordially invited to host one of the conference sessions in which the ELP’s mission, structure and work was presented. The session also provided an occasion for the ELC to introduce and discuss its current and future work on legal aspects of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES).
The conference was attended by a large audience comprising distinguished legal and scientific experts as well as media representatives. Throughout the three days, presentations on different topics of national, regional and international environmental law were given which provided a unique opportunity for further discussions between representatives from a number of Arab countries and environmental experts from around the world. Needs of the Arab region for developing environmental legislation and building human capacity in the area of environmental law were identified. The ELP is prepared to collaborate and support future initiatives of Arab countries in this context.