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Environment and Climate Change

“It has been a great pleasure working with ILP on the emergency mobilisation campaign to stop a repeal of the Kenyan Forest and Conservational Management Act. A very dedicated team indeed. We remain grateful for ILP’s support”

 Jabes Okumu

Programmes Manager, East African Wild Life Society

What we do

We challenge economic injustice caused by environmental damage, climate change and illegal resource trafficking (including wildlife, timber and other natural resources) by: helping affected communities hold actors to account for environmental degradation, and advocate for stronger environmental policies and better governance of natural resources; as well as building the capacity of governments to better enforce environmental laws, protect environmental rights, use climate finance instruments to transition to green economies and promote climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies to help achieve the Paris Agreement.

 
 

50% of the world’s biodiversity is found in rainforests.

Why we do it

Safeguarding critical habitat is the most effective way to protect species and maintain that biodiversity for the good of the planet. Illegal trafficking in wild animals for alleged medicinal purposes is not only harmful to animals nearing extinction, it is also a source of zoonotic transmission of disease from animals to humans due to the complete lack of regulation.

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How we do it

Our lawyers partner with local environmental NGOs to analyse legislation and enforcement issues to better implement international conventions such as CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

Our volunteers have helped identify which countries hold societal beliefs around the medicinal qualities possessed by some animal parts that encourage the illicit trade in wild life. They have successfully introduced legal tools to change cultural attitudes towards the consumption of wild and endangered animals, reducing zoonotic threats.

Our legal strategy in supporting civil society organisation to file claims and participate in regional tribunals tests the tribunal’s ability to decide on environmental issues without political interference, influencing how states interpret and apply their environmental laws and policies

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Our Work