One of the critical challenges facing all environmental issues is the need develop or enhance national and international laws to effectively and equitably protect, manage and conserve natural resources and living species for current and future generations. In this respect, environmental laws provide the platform on which institutions, policies, and compliance/enforcement regimes at different levels can be built in order to regulate all human uses and interactions with the environment.
OVERVIEW OF LEGAL ISSUES
Environmental law is a rapidly evolving and constantly changing legal field. Due to the nature of environmental issues in so far as our understanding of natural resources and biodiversity and the impact we are having on all facets of the environment is always improving, the legal frameworks which govern planning, use and management of the environment must also adapt accordingly.
Some of the key challenges that exist for the progressive development of environmental law are the:
FOCUS OF DELC’S WORK
Under the overall framework of the Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme), DELC’s work is broadly aimed at:
In seeking to achieve the above aims, DELC intends to:
Fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (PDF)
Twenty-fifth session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum
Nairobi, 16–20 February 2009
UNEP Access to Information Policy Dialogue