Natural resources form the core of many economies around the world, providing a source of livelihood for millions of people. But the disproportionate rise in demand for these resources is raising questions about the sustainability of investments in this sector. As the commitment to a low-carbon future grows amid concerns over climate change, IDLO believes that the rule of law can facilitate efforts to tackle such grave problems with the help of robust legal frameworks. Climate change has a polarizing effect, aggravating inequalities and reducing access to justice for those most at risk.
IDLO has been exploring how legal reform can encourage sustainable investment in the energy sector and promote climate justice. IDLO's guidebook on The Role of Legal Instruments to Support Green, Low-Emission and Climate-Resilient Development, produced in partnership with United Nations agencies, provides step-by-step assistance to governments in assessing, selecting and implementing legal instruments to deliver these goals.
“Biodiversity is not about saving one plant or bird at a time.”
So what is it about?
“Linkages,” explains IDLO’s Yolanda Saito, before pointing out that we should stop worrying about this or that cuddly species, and focus on the whole.
As the Philippines counts the cost of a devastating typhoon, delegates from 195 countries are meeting in the Polish capital, alongside NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, academics and civic groups, for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change The race is on to reach a new international accord for cuts and adaptation to green
IDLO is pleased to announce the opening of a ‘Casa de derechos’ for migrant women in Upala, Costa Rica today, January 24. The Upala Canton region has a high proportion of Nicaraguan migrants, who face accordingly high levels of discrimination. Women and children are especially affected – a fact most evident in schools and workplaces.
Climate change is threatening to reverse Kenya’s progress on poverty reduction and exacerbate economic and social inequality. In order to build resilience and outline a low-carbon approach to development, IDLO has assisted the Kenyan Government in drafting a comprehensive National Climate Change Action Plan 2013-2017. This technical assistance included compiling a Legal Preparedness Assessment Report and establishing a Climate Law Working Group, made up of law students from Kenya’s leading universities.
In 2011, IDLO and IFAD began assessing Mexico’s climate regulations at the federal and state level. The aim was to enhance local capacity to stimulate climate-positive reform and development. With the world’s first Legal Preparedness for Climate Change Assessment Report (L-PAR), IDLO comprehensively analyzed existing and potential laws and regulations on climate change, and identified gaps and innovations.