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The Fifth Global Training Programme in Environmental Law and Policy Comes to an end

Nairobi, 7 December 2001 - Eighty five countries responded with more than 100 nominations to an

invitation from UNEP sent to countries all around the world to nominate

participants mainly government lawyers and policy makers to this programme

but due to limited financial resources and considerations of a better

environment for learning, only 51 participants could be selected.

The countries that have benefited from this capacity building exercise from

Africa include Benin, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya,

Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda,

Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, and Zimbabwe; Asia and Pacific,

Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Lao PDR, Moldova, Nepal,

Pakistan and Vanuatu. From West Asia, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were

represented.

Latin America and the Caribbean region was represented by Argentina,

Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. From Europe the

participants came from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland, Portugal, the

Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Turkey. The Participants will be

awarded with certificates today having successfully completed the training

programme.

The participants have benefited from about 75 presentations given by about

60 resource persons, including interacting in exercises and question and

answer sessions which were intended to further stimulate the participants'

involvement.

Country presentations presented by each participant served to enrich the

participants with what is happening in the field of the environment at the

national level in other countries and to learn from each other and share

experiences. The participants also had the benefit of participating in a

field trip to Lake Nakuru on an on the site exercise on pollution in the

lake.

The training familiarized the participants with legal and institutional

developments in the field of environmental law at the national, regional

and global levels. The training has promoted greater interest in and

commitment to using environmental law as an instrument for translating

sustainable development policies into actions. As the participants go home

at the end of this training programme, it is expected that they will take

initiatives on a more informed basis in their respective home countries in

the development and implementation of environmental law.

The Division of Policy Development and Law (DPDL) of UNEP, in particular,

its Environmental Law Branch, will compile a report that will include

country papers submitted by the participants and presentations made by

resource persons. The report will later serve as an important tool for

trainees, lawyers and policy makers working in the field of environmental

management.

For more information please contact Tore J Brevik, UNEP Spokesman/Director

of the Division of Communications and Public Information, on Tel: 254 2

623292, e-mail: tore.brevik@unep.org

UNEP Information Note: 01/40

Nick Nuttall, Head of Media Services, United Nations Environment Programme

(UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel: 254 2 623084, Mobile 254 (0) 733 632755, Fax 254 2 623692, e-mail

nick.nuttall@unep.org