Open access Environmental Law and Governance

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The United Nations initiative LEO (Law and Environment Ontology) improves open access to environmental treaties for policy makers, journalists, researchers and the general public. The portal provides an overview of concepts, definitions and synonyms in conventions as well as the relationship between different Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).

Partners involved:

  • United Nations organizations (FAO, UNESCO, UNECE, UNEP)
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • European Environmental Agency (EEA)
  • International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  • Legal Response Initiative (LRI)
  • UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC)
  • environmental conventions covering international trade in endangered wildlife, migratory wildlife, biodiversity, genetic resources, desertification, climate change, ozone agreements and agriculture.

This new resource aims to assist all users by allowing open and easily accessible information on most aspects of current environmental laws and processes, such as global treaties, treaties by region, all information by country, jurisprudence (sources: ECOLEX and inforMEA) and legislation (sources: ECOLEX/FAOLEX and inforMEA).

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