ECOLEX - a global partnership for information on environmental law
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  • Submitted by: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Topic: Biodiversity and ecosystems
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  • Date of completion: 2008-01-01
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
UN System:
FAO (Italy)
UNEP (Kenya)

Other intergovernmental organizations:
The World Conservation Union (IUCN) (Switzerland)
Description/achievement of initiative
There is high demand for information on environmental law. Various Governing Council decisions of UNEP recognise the need to make this information available and accessible, a task now included in the Montevideo Programme, adopted by UNEP/GC in 2001 and endorsed thereafter by UN/GA. Linguistic barriers must be overcome. The information is fragmented and changing constantly as new laws are being drafted and entering into force.

The objective of this ongoing initiative is to increase access to authoritative information on environmental law by establishing a single gateway on the Internet (ECOLEX) and publishing a range of products on specific topics.
The main beneficiaries will be policy-makers in developing countries and countries in transition. Policy-makers drafting new legislation have a need to obtain information on the law (national and international) existing in relevant thematic areas in other countries. NGOs, academics and advocacy groups are also important beneficiaries.

Business and industry also need information on environmental law in particular on legal mechanisms dealing with waste, pollution and EIA, etc

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