Environmental Law



The IUCN Environmental Law Programme (ELP) includes the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and the Environmental Law Centre (ELC), in collaboration, as appropriate, with the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law.

The Environmental Law Programme is an integrated programme of activities that assists decision makers with information, legal analysis, advisory services, legislative drafting, mentoring and capacity building at national, regional and global levels.

The Programme also provides the opportunity and the forum for governments, nongovernmental
organisations and others to network and to share information and discuss ideas.

Environmental Law Centre (ELC)
The ELC is a programme unit of the IUCN secretariat and an internationally recognized centre of excellence for the conceptual development and implementation of environmental law. It coordinates the promotion of environmental law as a tool for sustainable development and resource governance. It acts as the secretariat for the WCEL, and works in collaboration with the whole of IUCN, together with many other partners from
across the globe.

The ELC is the management unit for ECOLEX, www.ecolex.org, a comprehensive webbased
information portal on environmental law.

Some of the themes the ELC is working on in collaboration with its partners include:
• Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Climate Change
• Marine and Oceans
• Protected Areas
• Integrated Spatial Planning
• Water
• Wildlife Crime

World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL)
The World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) is a network of environmental law and policy experts from all regions of the world who volunteer their knowledge and services to IUCN activities, especially to those of the IUCN Environmental Law Programme.

Over 1,400 members worldwide, including judges, prosecutors, government attorneys, private attorneys, law professors, and others are engaged in the Commission’s work and mission. The Commission members represent every region of the world and their interests and expertise span the full spectrum of environmental law from pollution issues to those related to biological diversity conservation.

Some of the themes WCEL is working on include:
• Access and Benefit-Sharing
• Armed Conflict
• Energy and Climate Change
• Compliance and Enforcement
• Ethics
• Indigenous Peoples
• Oceans, Coast and Coral Reefs
• Protected Areas
• Sustainable Soil and Agricultural Systems
• Water and Wetlands

Academy of Environmental Law
The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law is an international network of approximately 200 environmental law faculties and research centres from 60 countries. For information on the Academy’s conference, publication and capacity-building programs see www.iucnael.org. The Academy Secretariat is currently located at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada.

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