Oceania Environmental Law Conference 2017 Fiji

Prospectus of the Environmental Law and the Pacific Islands March/April 2018

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), April 2017

The inaugural Oceania Environmental Law Conference will be convened in Fiji by the IUCN Pacific Centre for Environmental Governance and by the Conference Partners, with the provisional dates set for March/April 2018. It will be preceded by training, workshops and network meetings, and followed by a field trip.

Partnering with governments, organisations and institutions both regionally and globally, and building from the success of the inaugural World Environmental Law Conference held in Brazil in 2016, the Conference will focus on the challenges and opportunities for strengthening environmental law in the Pacific islands, and on the opportunities to leverage legal tools and approaches to drive and scale-up conservation and development outcomes.

In 2017 the Fiji Government will be co-hosting the high level UN Oceans Conference and will also begin its Presidency of the UN Convention on Climate Change COP 23, and the key issues and outcomes of these events will be incorporated into the Conference.

Targeting both the Oceania legal fraternity and a global network of legal experts, the Conference aims to:

  • Highlight and explore existing and emerging environmental law issues and trends in the Pacific Islands, drawing on cases involving environmental law and governance in practice

  • Facilitate discussions and generate new thinking and ideas on opportunities for environmental law to tackle the conservation challenges in the Pacific Islands and globally

  • Provide a professional development platform for environmental law practitioners and experts from the Pacific Islands and around the world to connect, share experiences and learn from each other

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