• Guidance Material/Model Law
    Guidance on Enforcement of Chemicals Control Legislation
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
    Keywords
    chemical, enforcement, Environmental Rule of Law, hazardous waste, illegal trade, severely restricted chemical
    Topics
    Chemicals and Waste
    Environmental governance and rights
    Enforcement of Chemicals Control Legislation including: How to efficiently enforce legislation; Core concepts of enforcement; Methods for inspections
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Model Law and Guidance for Regulating Lead Paint
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Keywords
    chemical, Environmental Rule of Law, lead, poisoning, public health
    Topics
    Chemicals and Waste
    Environmental governance and rights
    UN Environment, in cooperation with World Health Organization, United States Environment Protection Agency and other partners, has developed a model law and guidance in order to assist countries in establishing and implementing regulation on lead paint.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Environmental Law Making and Oversight for Sustainable Development: A guide for Legislators
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Support in the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, consistent with decision 27/9 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme
    Promote the role of environmental law in the context of effective environmental governance
    Keywords
    Environmental Rule of Law, sustainable development
    Topics
    Environmental governance and rights
    How are these important functions of parliaments being reshaped in the post-2015 era of sustainable development? How can legislators and parliamentarians do their part to ensure that the SDGs and other post-2015 commitments are achieved by 2030 and beyond? The overarching purpose of this Guide is to provide formative answers to these questions that are practically useful in the daily work of legislators and legislative officials around the world.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Legislative and Policy Options to Control Hydrofluorocarbons
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Keywords
    chemical, Environmental Rule of Law, implementation, industrial chemical, ozone depleting potential, ozone layer depletion, phasing out
    Topics
    Chemicals and Waste
    Climate change and the atmosphere
    Environmental governance and rights
    In order to follow and facilitate the HFC phase-down schedules contained in the Kigali Amendment, the Parties, including both developed and developing countries, will have to implement certain measures. This booklet contains a recommended set of legislative and policy options which the developing (Article 5) countries may wish to consider for implementation. It is intended to be a guide/tool for countries
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Law and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
    Keywords
    biodiversity, national strategy, reporting
    Topics
    Biological diversity
    Environmental governance and rights
    This paper provides an overview of current thinking and the experience of countries in using legal frameworks to implement the Convention on Biological Diversity at the national level through National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and provides options for enhancing legal preparedness in revising and implementing the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Report
    Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers
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    Keywords
    land-based marine pollution, marine debris, marine pollution, waste management
    Topics
    Chemicals and Waste
    Marine and freshwater
    Far too much of the 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year finds its way into our oceans, food chains and ecosystems, damaging our health in the process. Well-designed laws can help reverse this global trend. This report provides an overview of legislation that countries have implemented to tackle marine litter, focusing in particular on upstream solutions.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Environmental Courts & Tribunals: A Guide for Policy Makers
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    Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
    Support in the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, consistent with decision 27/9 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme
    Keywords
    Environmental Rule of Law, litigation
    Topics
    Environmental governance and rights
    With over 1,200 environmental courts and tribunals now operating worldwide at the national and state/provincial level, this guide shares concise, practical advice and best practices to make them more effective, updating the 2009 “Greening Justice” report by the University of Denver Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study and published by World Resources Institute.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Keywords
    chemical, Environmental Rule of Law, hazardous waste, industrial chemical, waste management
    Topics
    Chemicals and Waste
    Environmental governance and rights
    This guidance document, published in 2015, is known as the LIRA Guidance (Legal and Institutional infrastructures for the sound management of chemicals and measures for Recovering costs of national Administrations). It aims to provide practical support to policy makers for strengthening national legislation and institutional set-ups for achieving sound management of chemicals. It includes proposals for measures for financing necessary administration activities in this regard.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Bali Guideline Implementation Guide
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
    Keywords
    access to information, access to justice, human rights, public participation
    Topics
    Environmental governance and rights
    The UNEP Governing Council adopted the Bali Guidelines in 2010 as a tool to assist countries in filling gaps in national and sub-national legislation in order to facilitate broad access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. In 2012 UNEP and UNITAR joined hands to promote the Bali Guidelines, including through a project to develop a Guide to the Guidelines implemented by the World Resource Institute (WRI). Drafted with assistance from a global Advisory Group, the Guide is intended to be a practical tool for the use of governments, major groups and
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Guidebook on National Legislation for Adaptation to Climate Change
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Keywords
    climate change adaptation, Environmental Rule of Law, national strategy
    Topics
    Climate change and the atmosphere
    Environmental governance and rights
    This Guidebook, which is based on the outcome of a UNEP pilot project that was carried out in three South East Asian countries in 2009-2010 - Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam - is intended to serve as a tool to help decision-makers and legal drafters to incorporate measures for adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change into their national sustainable development policies, plans and programmes by creating the necessary legal, regulatory and institutional framework for such action.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Strengthen the effective implementation of environmental law
    Keywords
    access to information, access to justice, human rights, public participation
    Topics
    Environmental governance and rights
    In order to catalyze and to accelerate action in terms of implementing Principle 10, governments adopted the Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation on Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters at the 11th Special Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum in Bali, Indonesia. These Guidelines though voluntary, demonstrate a willingness by Governments to more thoroughly engage the public at all levels to protect and manage the environment and related resources.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    UNEP Handbook for Drafting Laws on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Keywords
    energy efficiency, Environmental Rule of Law, renewable energy
    Topics
    Climate change and the atmosphere
    With its emphasis on adaptation to local country needs and conditions, this handbook describes key environmental and implementation issues associated with efficiency and renewable energy resources, presenting legislative options from both developed and developing countries for dealing with them.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Guidebook for policy and legislative development on conservation and sustainable use of freshwater resources
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Keywords
    drinking water, Environmental Rule of Law, public health, sustainable use, water resources management
    Topics
    Marine and freshwater
    Environmental governance and rights
    Integrated water resource management (IWRM) incorporating an ecosystem approach is a key building block for achieving the water, sanitation and human settlement targets of the Millennium Development Goals. It is evident that there are inseparable and indisputable links between the protection and sustainable use of the natural environment, especially water resources, and the provision of environmentally sound sanitation services, the improvement of human settlements, public health and poverty reduction. This brings into focus the need for conservation and efficient use of available freshwater
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Phasing out ODS in developing countries: policy design and setting up legislation
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Keywords
    ozone, ozone depleting potential, ozone layer depletion
    Topics
    Chemicals and Waste
    Climate change and the atmosphere
    Environmental governance and rights
    All Parties to the Montreal Protocol must eliminate the production and consumption of ozone depleting substances (ODS) according to specified phase-out schedules. Consumption is in this context defined as imports plus production minus exports. This resource module is intended to assist government officers in developing countries in their work to meet these commitments.
  • Guidance Material/Model Law
    Proposal for a Basic Law on Environmental Protection and the Promotion of Sustainable Development for the Countries of Central America and Panama
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    Support the development of adequate and effective environmental legislation and legal frameworks to address environmental issues
    Support in the development and implementation of environmental rule of law, consistent with decision 27/9 of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme
    Keywords
    Environmental Rule of Law, sustainable development
    Topics
    Environmental governance and rights
    This document Series on Environmental Law, contains a model legislative proposal for a Basic Law on Environmental Protection and the Promotion of Sustainable Development for the Countries of Central America and Panama