Law and Governance

L´accès à la justice et le contentieux de l'environnement

Le juge occupe une place centrale dans la mise en œuvre du droit de l´environnement. En effet, il est le seul habilité à prononcer des sanctions judiciaires pour cause de violation des règles environnementales. En appliquant les sanctions prévues par les textes en vigueur, le juge contribue efficacement à l´application du droit de l´environnement.

How can IPBES bring us further in conserving the world’s biodiversity?

The commitment to value and preserve our natural heritage involves a mix of knowledge generation, support and influence of the policy-making process, capacity building and an exchange of the best practices. In IUCN, we have been using assessments and monitoring as major conservation tools. The establishment of the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), in April 2012 is offering unique opportunity to improve our practices.

Landscape Governance Mapping: A Tool for Social Resilience

Social resilience has recently emerged as a critical component in assuring biodiversity conservation success particularly in the face of climate change. Social resilience rests on trust among stakeholders that fosters effective communication, flexibility and adaptation. One of the most critical elements of social resilience is thus understanding and promoting sound governance, the ability of institutions to assure transparent and accountable management and benefit flows. Natural resource governance systems that have authority, legitimacy, motivation and capacity to effectively manage ecosystems and the benefits they provide are critical to sustained conservation and development success. USAID and SCAPES program partners will share a landscape-scale perspective and experience with mapping and assessing governance across high-biodiversity mosaic landscapes while encouraging the adoption of more targeted metrics for tracking the effectiveness and resilience of governance.

Advocating for Indigenous Rights: From Local Indigenous Communities to Global Action

Advocacy of indigenous rights takes on many forms. From community organization and activism, to legal and policy advocacy, the progress regarding the rights of indigenous peoples has required numerous tools and numerous strategies. This knowledge café is a dynamic exploration of those tools and strategies.

Uniting an Ocean of Islands: Scaling Up Conservation through Peer Learning Networks

Encompassing vast proportions of Earth´s ocean ecosystems and embracing incredible cultural diversity, Small Island Developing Nations face unprecedented challenges in conserving biodiversity and enhancing resiliency to climatic changes. Since conventional management models rarely prioritize diffusion of innovation and learning across regions, networks of practitioners can be a tool to encourage innovation and rapid adoption and adaptation of practical solutions.

The Business and Ecosystems Think Tank – Part A

Whose responsibility is it to tackle our current economic and environmental crisis? Is it business? Is it governments? We believe it is a shared responsibility.

Facilitating Collaborative Responses to Environmental Crime through a Global Network of Environmental Prosecutors (CEL official event)

This workshop introduces an ambitious initiative to strengthen the capacity of public prosecutors and attorneys general to respond to poor compliance with environmental laws related to the illegal trade in flora, fauna and hazardous substances that compromise ecosystems and undermine nature´s resilience. The Global Network of Environmental Prosecutors (GNEP) is a collaborative leadership effort that links prosecutors globally to share information and best practices and builds capacity to carry out their work effectively.

How to develop a regional monitoring system to influence conservation and development decision making?

The aim of this event is to share experiences on the relevance and efficiency of regional monitoring systems as a support for the implementation of policies. Based on the experience of the Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory (MWO), it also aims at exploring the opportunity to develop policy-oriented monitoring systems in other regions of the world. The option to improve the MWO tool and develop new partnerships in the Mediterranean context will also be investigated.

Whakatane Mechanism: a multi-stakeholder approach to solving human rights issues in protected areas? (CEESP official session)

Two Whakatane Assessments have been conducted for the first time in 2011 and 2012. They are an ambitious first step towards creating a systematic framework for assessing and contributing to the solution of human rights issues linked with protected areas. This is a concrete contribution to IUCN´s thematic areas Sharing Nature´s benefits fairly and equitably and Managing ecosystems for improved food security. Respect for human rights and community management is crucial for resilience of ecosystem and livelihoods in the face of development and climate change.

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