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EPL: Events and Announcements

1 July 2017 Immunity of Bilyky pig farm

Scandalous1 pig farm Ltd. “Silski traduciyi” (Bilyky village, Poltava region), beginning from August 2016 is blocking the work of controling bodies. Thus, representatives of the State Environmental Inspection from August 2016 until April 2017 eight times tried to conduct unscheduled inspections, but all of these attempts were finished by non-admission and composition of the Act…

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29 June 2017 A criminal proceeding regarding the fact of destroying the monument of nature in the Dnipropetrovsk region has been initiated

Destruction of the monument of nature “Arkose sandstones outcropping” located in Shirokivskyi district became the reason for the prosecution. The People’s Deputy Ihor Lutsenko was informed about this by the prosecutor’s office of Dnipropetrovsk region. Environmental scientists of EPL, whose request served as the basis for initiating the proceeding, noted that this is perhaps the…

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4 June 2017 One-third of protected objects in Kyiv are in fact not protected

EPL environmental scientists and volunteers surveyed awareness of land users in Kyiv protected areas of their obligation to protect objects of natural reserve fund. In Kyiv, there have been created more than 200 territories and objects of natural reserve fund, many of which are individual trees or groups of trees. Users of Ukrainian Wikipedia noted…

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2 June 2017 EPL jointly with the National School of Judges of Ukraine and supported by the Embassy of Sweden to Ukraine held the training for judges “Environmental protection and human rights”

On 30 May -1 June 2017, International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” jointly with the National School of Judges of Ukraine held the training for judges “Environmental protection and human rights”. The event was organized in the city of Kremenets and funded by the Embassy of Sweden to Ukraine. During the three days of the training, the…

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31 May 2017 Judges saw with their own eyes the environmental disaster the fate of which they decide

30 May 2017 was the first day of the training for judges entitiled “Environmental protection and human rights” organized by International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” and the National School of Judges. On the way to the training venue, participants of the training, including 27 judges of general jurisdiction of various instances, visited the pig raising farm…

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31 May 2017 EPL speaks about the impact of armed conflicts on the environment at IUCN Colloquium

Olya Melen-Zabramna participates in the 15th Colloquium of IUCN Academy of environmental law taking place in Cebu, Philippines. Workshop held by organizers on May, 30 was dedicated to the protection of the nature in conflicts and building peace. Participants shared their stories from the conflict zones such as Congo, Rwanda on peace building and nature…

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10 July 2017 Illegal forest logging in Tsumanska Pushcha as a result of bureaucratic “ping-pong’

EPL continues to study the situation with forestry management within protected areas. As a result of this study we discovered facts indicating that, despite the statements of the forestry authorities, on-site unscrupulous forest management units continue to use all opportunities to log maximum amount of forest within protected areas. This time “the hero” became one…

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30 June 2017 A criminal proceeding regarding the fact of destroying the monument of nature in the Dnipropetrovsk region has been initiated

Destruction of the monument of nature “Arkose sandstones outcropping” located in Shirokivskyi district became the reason for the prosecution. The People’s Deputy Ihor Lutsenko was informed about this by the prosecutor’s office of Dnipropetrovsk region. Environmental scientists of EPL, whose request served as the basis for initiating the proceeding, noted that this is perhaps the…

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8 June 2017 One-third of protected objects in Kyiv are in fact not protected

EPL environmental scientists and volunteers surveyed awareness of land users in Kyiv protected areas of their obligation to protect objects of natural reserve fund. In Kyiv, there have been created more than 200 territories and objects of natural reserve fund, many of which are individual trees or groups of trees. Users of Ukrainian Wikipedia noted…

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18 May 2017 Challenging the Program of hydropower development for the period until 2026

Region: Ukraine Goal of the case: Prevention of implementation of the Program without environmental assessment and ensuring public participation. Parties: plaintiff – International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law”, defendant – the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine The essence of the problem: On July 13, 2016, the Cabinet of…

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About us

EPL is a public interest environmental law organization which since 1994 has been protecting environmental rights, supporting, restoring and improving the environment and providing legal help in protecting other human rights, especially those which overlap with environmental rights.

We care about environment in Ukraine and abroad and are concerned about all the risks, threats and dangers which may lead to deterioration of the environment.

At present environmental protection is the hottest problem of the humankind. There is a growing threat not only for human health and well-being but for existence of life on our planet in general.

Work of the organization is directed towards transformation of safe though often extremely polluted environment into favorable for life and health environment, preservation of biodiversity, protection of flora and fauna, stoppage of uncontrolled emissions and dumps of harmful substances into environment and elimination of other negative factors, fight with non-activity as for global environmental issues in general and climate change issues in particular.

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ON THE WAY TO STRENGTHENING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL DECISION–MAKING: UKRAINE

Public participation is an effective instrument of including environmental and social concerns into governmental decision-making and by this of improving the quality of the decisions as well as increasing the level of their acceptance by the general population. This has long been recognised both in many States and internationally. On the level of the Economic Commission for Europe it is also being perceived as a tool of strengthening democracy.

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Ukraine of the Future: New Policy on Environmental Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

The policy agenda is intended to promote the reformation of the environmental governance system. The publication outlines the main problems in environmental governance in Ukraine, legislative gaps in the field and main decisions to overcome these gaps and to achieve the goal of establishing a democratic system of environmental governance that would ensure preservation of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources for future generations.

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EPL (formerly Ecopravo-lviv) is a nongovernmental international organization, created in 1994 in order to provide assistance to individuals and legal persons in the protection of environmental rights, to promote the development of the environment protection, environmental education, science and culture.

History of organization

  • 1994 y.
    March 24 – established Charitable foundation “Ecopravo – Lviv.”
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  • 1994 y.
    October 14 – created the “Center for Public Environmental Advocacy” with ABA / CEELI.
  • 1994 y.
    1994

    – Еstablished the environmental legal library of the CF “Ecopravo-Lviv”

    – Оrganized the conference of the Association of Environmental Law of the EECCA countries

    – Оrganized the conference of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

  • 1995 y.

    – June – founded Environmental Advocacy Journal

    – The CF “Ecopravo- Lviv” became the Headquarters of Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

  • 1998 y.
    1998

    EPL participated in the negotiations of the Aarhus Convention under the auspices of the UNECE, in the process of signature, ratification and implementation in the European project “Doors to Democracy.”

  • 2001 y.
    EPL became the headquarters of the Guta Association.
  • 2002 y.
    2002

    – Established Ukraine’s first environmental law clinical program for training legal practitioners;
    – EPL’s President elected the Vice Chairman of the Compliance Committee of the Convention of access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters
    – Started implementation of the Aarhus Convention in Ukraine.

  • 2003 y.
    2003

    – Symposium for Judges in Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.

    – Organization of the meeting of the Steering Committee of the IUCN.Environmental Commission

    – EPL realized the project “Promotion of adaptation of environmental law of the EU in Ukraine”

  • 2003 y.

    – International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recognized EPL as the center of legal excellency

    – Established cooperation with the Secretariat of the Espoo Convention, Ramsar, Danube and Bonn Conventions and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change with the aim to preserve biodiversity

  • 2004 y.
    2004

    – The project “Development of the Center of Environmental Advocacy”

    – The project “Analysis of possibilities to realize the program of evaluation of environmental activity and release of information”

  • 2004 y.
    2004

    – DOEN Foundation started support of the environmental public advocacy center

    – Launched the institutional support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

  • 2005 y.
    2005

    – 25 November – renaming Charitable fund “Ecopravo – Lviv” to International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” (EPL).

    – The project “Enforcement of access to environmental information”

  • 2006 y.
    2006

    EPL representative was awarded the most prestigious award in the sphere of environmental protection – Goldman Prize – for strategic case of the organization “The Danube-Black Sea”.

  • 2007 y.
    2007

    – The Project “Sanitary protective zones, nuclear safety and climate change» funded by Sigrid Rausing Trust

    – The Project “Access to environmental information in Ukraine: the experience of NGOs and public authorities.”

  • 2007 y.
    2007

    – The Project “Strengthening public participation in environmental matters through strategic litigation.”

    – The Project ““Improvement of access to justice in environmental matters through public monitoring of courts”

  • 2008 y.
    2008

    – Establishment of the journal “Environment. People .Law. ” .

    – The Project ” Utilization of toxic pesticides in the territory of Lviv oblast in the basin of transboundary rivers Syan and Western Buh”

  • 2009 y.
    2009

    – The Project “Public monitoring of the cases relating to environmental rights of people in Lviv and Ternopil regions.”

    – The Project “New legal tools for effective control of pollution emissions”

  • 2009 y.
    2009

    – The Project “Stimulation of realization of the right to access to information owned by the state”

    – The Open Society Institute (Budapest) started institutional support of EPL.

  • 2010 y.
    2010

    – The Project “Improvement of access to environmental information through stimulation of openness of relevant public authorities”

    – The Project “Stimulating the Ukrainian public to participation in the realization of the European strategy of the Danube region”

  • 2010 y.
    2010

    – Winning the lawsuit at the European Court of Human Rights

    – The Project “Legal protection of environmental rights of citizens.”

    – EPL became a member of the Working group “Envint”, a member of WG3 of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum

  • 2011 y.
    2011

    – The Project “Information and activation of public participation in developing the National Action Plan for the EU Strategy for the Danube Region”

    – The Project “Improvement of legal preconditions and activation of the public for protection of environmental rights of citizens»

  • 2011 y.
    2011

    – The Project “Developing preconditions for effective application of the Law of Ukraine “On Access to Public Information in the Sphere of Environmental Protection”

    – The Project Public participation and transparency in nuclear safety issues”

  • 2011 y.
    2011

    – EPL became a member the Climate Action Network (CAN)

    – EPL became a member of ANPED.

    – EPL became a member of The Access Initiative (TAI).

  • 2012 y.
    2012

    EPL coordinated the process of drafting Annual report “Public assessment of national environmental policy” in 2003-2012

  • 2013 y.
    2013

    – EPL became a member of the Academy of Environmental Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature

    – The Project ” Enforcing European standards of environmental impact assessment in Ukraine”

  • 2013 y.
    2013

    – The Project “Improvement of regulation of environmental component in regional programs in Lviv region”

    – EPL signed an agreement with Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for realization of the project on building capacity of EPL and providing institutional support for the organization.

  • 2013 y.
    2013

    – The Project to develop strategic litigation in Ukraine.

    – The establishment of Ecolitigation National Platform

    – The Project “Strengthening participatory democracy for effective protection of the environment.”

    – Creation of the network of pro bono legal aid in Ukraine.

  • 2014 y.
    2014

    – The opening of the office in Kyiv.

    – International Symposium “Human Rights and the Environment in the new Ukraine, in honor of Professor Svitlana Kravchenko.”

    – Launching the clinical program for students-environmentalists.

  • 2014 y.
    2014

    – Development of the first version of the electronic analytical system of environmental information.

    – EPL became a member of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

  • 2015 y.
    2015

    – Start of the projects funded by FOSI, TTF, USAID.

    – Revival of the Guta Association of environmental lawyers from Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus

  • 2015 y.
    2015

    – Development of the course for judges “Human rights and the environment”

    – Creation of on-line environmental law library.

    – Co-authorship of the draft law of Ukraine “On Environmental Impact Assessment”.

  • 2016 y.
    Development of the on-line course on international environmental law.
  • 2017 y.
    Creation of the Ukrainian Center of Environmental Policy and Action