Your gateway to environmental law

Bonn, Germany, May 26, 2008 (IUCN/FAO/UNEP) – The world’s most comprehensive database on environmental law has been launched by IUCN, FAO and UNEP at the CBD in Bonn. Available online at, it encompasses nearly 70,000 entries from more than 180 countries.

Julia Marton-Lefèvre, IUCN's DG at CBD

Launched during the IUCN reception in Bonn last week, the new ECOLEX interface is now much more usable, and includes powerful search functions for the needs of policy makers, advocacy groups, academics, researchers and students.

ECOLEX is a tool which is geared at capacity building – providing information on what is the state of environmental law in the world today.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) have combined their knowledge on national and international environmental law in this database, creating a prime example for inter-agency cooperation.

Entries range from the Sri Lankan Land Encroachment Ordinance from 1840 to the European Union plan for the recovery of the bluefin tuna from April 2008, from the 1868 International Convention on the Navigation of the Rhine to the 2007 International Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and their Habitats. And more are added each week.  

The IUCN Environmental Centre hosts one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of environmental law materials, comprised of treaties, national legislation and law and policy literature covering the entire spectrum of issues related to environmental and natural resources conservation.

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