Environmental Law

We live in a world where we are subject to environmental and economic effects that transcend national boundaries. Increasing globalisation has led to a greater recognition of the need to address these issues.

 

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Law is fundamental to just and effective governance of natural resources, for the benefit of people and nature.

IUCN aims to advance environmental law through the development of legal concepts and instruments. IUCN also helps societies apply environmental law in the conservation of nature and ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.


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    Observing the Earth to enforce environmental law

    27.02.2019

    EnviroLENS, a Horizon 2020 innovation project funded by the European Commission, aims to demonstrate and promote the use of Earth Observation as direct evidence for environmental law enforcement. By using European satellite capacities, such as those provided...

  • Integrated Planning closing meeting, ELC, 29-30 November 2018 Photo: IUCN ELP

    Integrated Planning for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change Closing Event

    17.12.2018

    Spatial planning frameworks have traditionally focused on developing settlements and related infrastructure. Environmental concerns such as biodiversity conservation and climate mitigation and adaptation generally are not reflected as an integral component in...

  • EnviroLens meeting, Vienna, 4-5 November 2018 Photo: Geoville

    Earth observation services for supporting environmental law enforcement

    17.12.2018

    EnviroLENS, a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission, will bring together information derived from satellite monitoring technology along with existing environmental laws and use it as direct evidence for law enforcement. EnviroLENS aims to...

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Judicial and prosecutorial training in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania Photo: Jia Qiao

Wildlife

Illegal taking and illegal killing represents a significant and growing pressure on wild species of fauna and flora.

 

BRIDGE Projects Photo: BRIDGE Projects

Water

Oceans and Coasts

Oceans cover most of the planet, but marine biodiversity is among the least understood branches of science. There exist governance gaps over key marine ecosystems, particularly in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

 

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