Bahrain shows the way for Gulf Countries to protect their biodiversity

Bahrain, which means ‘two seas’ in Arabic, is the third smallest nation in Asia after the Maldives and Singapore but boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the Arab world. An archipelago off the coast of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain was once made up of 33 islands before extensive land reclamation increased the number to 84. Land reclamation is part of Bahrain’s drive to attain economic,... Read More

UNEP expands access to vast body of environmental law

Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a small island state has to prepare a briefing on marine debris ahead of a major international conference. Previously, this unlucky delegate would have had to wade through a bewildering array of websites, trawling the internet for relevant information on legislative action and jurisprudence on marine debris. The United Nations has made this delegates’... Read More

Conserve Species to Protect Livelihoods in World’s Top Biodiversity Hotspots

The Caribbean is one of the planet’s most important biodiversity hot-spots, and now one of its most threatened. Made up of 30 nations and territories, spanning 4 million square kilometres of ocean, and boasting 10,000 square kilometres of reef, the Caribbean is home to many fish and animal species - as well as thousands of plant species - that are found nowhere else on earth.  In addition to the... Read More

Asian and African Judges Talk Climate Change and the Rule of Law

Ahead of the Asian Development Bank’s Third Asian Judges Symposium on Environment we met with special guest to the symposium Hon. Lady Justice Mary Muthoni Gitumbi of the Environment and Land Court of Kenya to talk about what motivated her to become a judge and what environmental rule of law means to Kenya’s sustainable development. The Symposium, on the theme ‘Law, Policy and Climate Change’ is... Read More

UN Environment and INTERPOL Commit to Taking on Environmental Crime Together

The wildlife trade summit taking place this week in Johannesburg, South Africa is bringing countries together to decide on the future of fragile species by making decisions that will conserve them and combat wildlife crime. Already countries have agreed to ban all international commercial trade in pangolins, the most-trafficked animal in the world and one of the species features in the UN... Read More

American Youth to bring US Federal Government to Trial in Ground-breaking Climate Change Lawsuit

16 November 2016: In 2015 youth between the ages of 8 and 19 filed a constitutional climate change case against the Federal Government of the United States of America at the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. In Juliana v United States of America the youth are challenging the Federal Government of the USA for failure to take action against the burning of fossil fuels, which... Read More

New Resolution on Wildlife Trafficking calls for ‘Zero-Tolerance’ on Corruption

EU Urges Promotion of Good Governance and Rule of Law Nairobi, 29 November 2016 - A new European Union (EU) resolution on wildlife trafficking calls on EU member states to address corruption and the shortcomings of international governance measures across the wildlife trafficking chain ‘as a matter of urgency’. Read More

The Future of Wetlands

Wetlands are among the most diverse and productive ecosystems on the planet, and also among the most threatened. It is estimated that over the last 100 years wetlands have declined by 64 to 71%, leaving millions of people deprived of essential ecosystem services such as water supply and purification, food supply; climate and flood regulation coastal protection; and tourism. Read More

Collective Intelligence is needed for better managing the environment

Cancun, December 10 - Imagine for a moment that a delegate from a small island state has to prepare a briefing for an international meeting on how certain species living along his state’s coastline are threatened by pollution, erosion, over-fishing and marine debris. This delegate is faced with an overwhelming task. He must identify and then wade through dozens of websites for information on the... Read More

Indigenous Peoples: The unsung heroes of conservation

There are approximately 370 million indigenous peoples in the world. They own, occupy or use up to 22 percent of the global land area, which is home to 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Often overlooked by governments, their role in safeguarding territories from environmental degradation has largely gone unnoticed and undocumented until now. Areas managed by indigenous peoples are the... Read More