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Expert Forum on Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being: The Role of Law and Governance

UNEP, through its Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, convened an Expert Forum on Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being: The Role of Law and Governance in Geneva, Switzerland on 19 and 20 September 2008.  

The purpose of the meeting was to explore the role that law and governance could play in helping reverse ecosystem degradation and enhance the contributions of ecosystems to meeting basic human needs and ultimately human well-being, focusing on the concept of “ecosystem”, which provides a useful framework for analyzing and acting on the linkages between people and the environment , including the linkage between environment and poverty.

The main discussion points are reflected in a summary prepared by the secretariat and reviewed by the experts, and in a list of recommendations, including both general recommendations on what could be the appropriate legal and governance approaches/directions to promote promoting the sustained adequate functioning of ecosystems while contributing to human well-being and specific recommendations on follow-up work to be undertaken by UNEP including in cooperation with other UN bodies (especially in relation to human rights) and other partners such as the academia and other institutions.

 
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