New report on exemplary government action on saving biodiversity

Hamburg/Montreal, 9 November 2011. As government representatives convene in Montreal, Canada, to discuss the implementation of the Biodiversity Convention, the World Future Council (WFC) and the Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) have published a new report highlighting positive examples of government actions to save the variety of life on earth. The paper entitled “Crafted Future Just Biodiversity Laws and Policies” includes a survey of the world’s best biodiversity laws from Costa Rica, Norway, Bhutan and South Africa which effectively tackle the loss of species on planet earth.

The report also includes an analysis of successful sectoral biodiversity policies which address marine, forest and agricultural biodiversity. Visionary policies with proven positive impacts for humanity and the variety of life on earth from Australia, Namibia, Rwanda and the Region of Tuscany are highlighted. Furthermore, lawyers and political scientists from WFC and CISDL explain features of future just biodiversity laws and policies. The report Crafting Future Just Biodiversity Laws and Policies is available here.

The report draws on academic research and on nominations of the Future Policy Award from the past three years. The award celebrated the world’s best policies on food security in 2009, on biodiversity in 2010 and on forestry in 2011.

Alexandra Wandel, Director, World Future Council says: “Biodiversity provides us with wealth, health, food and water, vital functions humanity depends on. The global extinction of biodiversity is utterly detrimental to the well-being of people and planet. Good policy solutions exist. Governments need to urgently speed up policy action now.”

Prof. Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law says: “Future Justice is about putting the values that are essential to our survival at the heart of every law, and every policy. There is so much more to accomplish with the seven principles for sustainable development law presented at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development. ”

Prof. Jorge Cabrera, CISDL Lead Counsel for Biodiversity from University of Costa Rica Law Faculty adds: ‘’This paper provides decision-makers with a checklist for future just and biodiversity laws. With the checklist, governments can achieve conservation, sustainability and intergenerational equity in law.’’

Media Contact

World Future Council

Alexandra Wandel
Director, World Future Council
Mobile: +49 172 7483953 (in Montreal from 9-11 November 2011)

Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)

Frederic Perron-Welch
Tel: +1 438 391 9266 (based in Montreal)


The World Future Council

The World Future Council brings the interests of future generations to the centre of policy making. The Council consists of up to 50 respected personalities from all five continents. They come from governments, parliaments, the arts, civil society, science and the business world. The Council addresses challenges to our common future and provides decision makers with effective policy
solutions. In-depth research underpins advocacy work for international agreements, regional policy frameworks and national lawmaking. In close collaboration with civil society actors, parliamentarians, governments, business and international organisations we identify and spread “best policies” around the globe. The World Future Council is registered as a charitable foundation in Hamburg, Germany, where its head office is located. Additionally, we have staff working in Brussels, London, Washington D.C. and Johannesburg.

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Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL)

The mission of the CISDL is to promote sustainable societies and the protection of ecosystems by advancing the understanding, development and implementation of international sustainable
development law. The CISDL is an independent legal research centre that collaborates with the McGill University Faculty of Law and also works with a network of developing countries’ faculties of
law. The CISDL is engaged in six primary areas of sustainable development law research including: trade, investment and competition law; natural resources law; biodiversity and bio-safety law; climate change and vulnerability law; human rights and poverty eradication in sustainable development law; and health and hazards in sustainable development law. As a result of its ongoing legal scholarship and research, the CISDL publishes books, articles, working papers and legal brief in English, Spanish and French. The CISDL hosts academic workshops, dialogue sessions, legal expert panels, law courses and seminar series and conferences. It provides instructors, lectures and capacity building materials for developing country governments and international organizations in national and international law in the field of sustainable development, and works with countries to develop national laws to implement international treaties in these areas.

Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
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