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  • Investigating Foreign Political Links in Timber-Producing Countries

    March 24, 2016

    At the time of writing, it is the International Day of Forests. It is on this day, 21st March 2016, that Project LEAF (Law Enforcement Assistance for Forests) of INTERPOL spoke out (again) about the link between corruption and the global trade in timber. An estimated $30 billion of government revenue is lost every year as a result of corruption in timber trade. This article will shed light on the indiscriminate destruction of our forests, under the guise of economic development for the financial benefit of elites at the highest level of the political system and how international, regional and national laws on anti-­corruption are implicated.

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  • Planetary Security Initiative

    Climate Change and Planetary Security

    November 6, 2015

    On 2 and 3 November 2015, experts of the Hague Centre of Strategic Studies attended in the international conference on “Planetary Security: Peace and Cooperation in Times of Climate Change and Global Environmental Challenges” at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands organized this Planetary Security Initiative. The Netherlands aims to facilitate events on an annual basis and like to provide a regular time and place where experts, organizations, and decision makers could assemble, share, connect and strengthen their parts of the new strategies needed for the future of planetary security.

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  • A Green Court in The Netherlands: Stichting Urgenda v. The Netherlands

    July 10, 2015

    On the 24th of June 2015, the civil section of the Dutch court of The Hague, the Netherlands, ordered the Dutch government to adjust its environmental policies in order to reduce the collective greenhouse emissions of the Netherlands by 25% compared to 1990 by the end of 2020. News of this unusual judgment spread across the globe as it was the first time that a court ordered a government to step up its game on climate change. This post will provide readers with a summary of the judgment, as well as some thoughts on its merits.

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  • World Environment Day (UNEP)

    UNEP World Environment Day 5 June 2001

    September 6, 2013

    Multilingual UNEP poster announcing World Environment Day on 5 June 2001.

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  • Ivory Traffickers! How Inventive Can You Get?

    August 16, 2013

    During an inspection of the luggage of two South Africans last month, officials in Chinese-ruled Macau found 15 suspiciously heavy boxes of chocolate. The boxes appeared to be pieces of elephant tusks with an estimated market value of more than $76,000 U.S. dollars. Apparently ivory smugglers are getting more inventive.

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  • New Research Guide: Ecocide

    November 5, 2012

    Recently, the Peace Palace Library published the Ecocide Research Guide. This aspect of International Environmental Law has gained in importance in recent years as the activities of the human species are influencing the Earth’s natural state in a way never seen before. This Guide provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section.

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  • The Institute for Environmental Security

    July 13, 2012

    Promoting security, peace and justice for man and nature by preventing environmental degradation and by restoring environmental damage where done, defines the programme of the Institute for Environmental Security (IES).

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  • Okavango Delta

    40 Years of the Ramsar Convention : Appraisal and Outlook

    April 20, 2012

    On 2 February 1971, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands was adopted. The original Contracting Parties of the Convention were driven by an anxiety that migratory waterbirds were in increasing danger because of loss of their habitats. And yet in their wisdom they created a convention focused on wetland ecosystems rather than just wetland birds.

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  • sustainable development

    From Stockholm to Rio de Janeiro; the road to a sustainable world!

    March 30, 2012

    Forty years after the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment and twenty years after the first “Earth Summit” held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, the world community will meet again. This time at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), in short Rio+20: “the future we want”.

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  • Consilium Place Toronto Canada

    Fighting the Architecture of Death

    March 9, 2012

    Nowadays nature is threatened by all kinds of dangers which usually have one common denominator: they are caused by humans. Everyday human activity is affecting wildlife in many ways, such as habitat destruction, the use of pesticides, monoculture, genetically manipulated organisms and pollution, which is driving many species towards extinction. For birds, habitat loss is the most important factor closely followed by threats posed by materials used to build in the construction industry. The trend among architects is to use plate glass in building, purely for aesthetic reasons.

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