The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is a non-profit organization that provides legal expertise and support to governments, businesses, and communities around the world to help them protect the environment. ELI was founded in 1969 and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
ELI has a long and close relationship with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). IUCN is the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, with over 1,400 member organizations from around the globe. ELI is a member of IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), which is responsible for promoting the development and implementation of environmental law around the world.
ELI and IUCN work together on a variety of projects, including:
- Developing and implementing environmental laws and policies
- Providing legal advice and support to governments and businesses
- Building the capacity of environmental lawyers and judges
- Raising awareness of environmental issues
ELI and IUCN share a common goal of protecting the environment and ensuring a sustainable future for all. They work together to achieve this goal by providing legal expertise, support, and advocacy.
Here are some specific examples of how ELI and IUCN have worked together in the past:
- In 2015, ELI and IUCN co-hosted a workshop on the use of environmental law to combat climate change. The workshop brought together experts from around the world to discuss how environmental law can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
- In 2016, ELI and IUCN partnered with the World Bank to launch the Global Judicial Institute on the Environment (GJIE). The GJIE is a training program for judges and other legal professionals on environmental law. The program has trained over 1,000 judges from over 100 countries.
- In 2017, ELI and IUCN published a report on the use of environmental impact assessment (EIA) to protect the environment. The report found that EIA is an effective tool for preventing environmental harm, but that it is not being used effectively in many countries.
ELI and IUCN will continue to work together to protect the environment and ensure a sustainable future for all. They are committed to providing legal expertise, support, and advocacy to help countries around the world implement effective environmental laws and policies.