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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  • 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 which 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...

  • ELC Wuhan Wildlife Crime Meeting ELC Wuhan Wildlife Crime Meeting Photo: IUCN ELC

    Wildlife Crime Case Collection in China including Hong Kong

    11.12.2018

    Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) whether involving ivory, rhino horn, tiger bones or animals captured for the exotic pet market has been steadily increasing in recent years and it usually poses a significant threat to the survival of many species globally....

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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.

 

Marine wildlife Photo: PB CC0

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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