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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Regional Seminar on Wildlife Crime, Yaounde, Cameroon, Sept. 2019 --participants Regional Seminar on Wildlife Crime, Yaounde, Cameroon, Sept. 2019 --participants Photo: ELC

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.

 

Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, New York, 2018 Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, New York, 2018 Photo: Kristina Gjerde

Governance and MEAs

Environmental Governance is the means by which society determines and acts on goals and priorities related to the management of natural resources.

 

Water Photo: PB CC0

Water

Only 3% of the earth’s water is freshwater; about two-thirds of it is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps and we have long over-stretched this precious resource.

 

Quick reads

Aimed at policy-makers and journalists, IUCN Issues Briefs provide key information on selected issues in a two-pager format.

thumbnail_Governing areas beyond national jurisdiction issues brief Photo: IUCN

Governing areas beyond national jurisdiction

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s ocean is beyond national jurisdiction – where no single state has authority. This area reaches depths of over 10 km and represents 95% of the Earth’s total habitat by...
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