World Commission on Environmental Law


IUCN WCEL Ethics Specialist Group (ESG) is a global network of practitioners and scholars from across disciplines seeking to (1) highlight the ethical issues in biodiversity conservation and specific natural resource controversies; and (2) engage with diverse local and global partners to foster ethical engagement, bear witness to ethics in action, and share stories of success and failure.
Rice manual threshing in Mauritania

Klaus Bosselmann, Chair

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Klaus Bosselmann Photo: WCEL







Specialist Group Update (June 2018)


  • The ESG seeks to be the hub for ethical engagement within IUCN by actively seeking to highlight ethical issues in conservation and decision-making, and being responsive to queries from members, commissions, or Secretariat bodies.

  • Advancing major global projects, including the Biosphere Ethics Initiative (BEI), Climate Change Justice, Earth Democracy (including Earth Jurisprudence), and Ecological Law and Governance.

Chairs Emeriti

Peter Burdon Photo: WCEL Peter Burdon (Co-Chair 2012-2016)

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Kathryn Gwiazdon Photo: WCEL Katy Gwiazdon (Co-Chair 2008-2012)

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J. Ronald Engel Photo: WCEL

J. Ronald Engel (Co-Chair 2003-2012)

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