UN Environment sets the global environmental agenda and promote coherent implementation of the environmental sustainable agenda. The product is a global report on the environmental rule of law. Environmental rule of law provides an essential platform underpinning the four pillars of sustainable development— economic, social, environmental, and peace. Environmental rule of law is key to addressing the full range of environmental challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, air and water pollution, and soil degradation. This Report focuses on the implementation gap between the many environmental goals, laws, regulations, and policies adopted and the on-the-ground reality of environmental conditions, compliance with environmental law, and community engagement in environmental decision making. It explains how environmental rule of law provides a framework for giving meaning to environmental laws already on the books and for helping to foster cultures of compliance with environmental law across nations. This is the first global assessment of the environmental rule of law, and the four substantive chapters represent in-depth analyses of a few selected priority issues within the broader field of environmental rule of law.
The target audience: governments, policy makers, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, students, regular citizens, activists, industry.