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5 June 2018 20 judges in Odesa at the training “Human rights and environmental protection”

World Environment Day that is annually celebrated on 5 June, this year united 20 judges in Odesa at the training “Human rights and environmental protection”. During the training the judges will learn more about the problem of violations of environmental legislation in the National Nature Park “Nyzhniodnistrovsky”. Representatives of the park will conduct a lecture…

3 June 2018 Geneva hosted the 7th meeting of the Working group on EIA and SEA (Espoo Convention)

On 28-30 May 2018, Geneva (Switzerland) hosted the 7th meeting of the Working group on environmental impact assessment (EIA) and strategic environmental assessment (SEA). The meeting reviewed the status of ratification of the Espoo Convention1 by Parties and compliance with and implementation of its provisions. Among others, the Secretariat of the Convention released the report…

14 May 2018 Training “Organising effective waste management: what can local authorities do?”

Odesa, May 21, 2018 On Thursday, May 24, 2018, the EU project “Ukrainian civil society for European-style waste management” will hold the training “Organising effective waste management: what can local authorities do?” The agenda will include the following topics: How local authorities organize and control waste management. The ways to attract investment, implement state-private partnership…

14 May 2018 Local authorities have to activate waste recycling – environmentalists

Odesa, May 24, 2018   Since January 1, 2018, the landfilling of non-recycled domestic waste has been banned in Ukraine. According to the law “On Waste”, local councils, including village and town councils and amalgamated territorial communities, are responsible for this process. In order to teach them how to organize proper waste recycling, experts of…

23 April 2018 Distance course for judges “Human rights and environmental protection”

           The approbation of the distance course for judges “Human rights and environmental protection” will be performed from the 2nd May until 1st June 2018. This course was developed by International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” thanks to support of the National School of Judges of Ukraine and funding of New Justice USAID Program within the project…

18 April 2018

Despite the media coverage and discussions within the specially created working group at the Ministry of Environment of Ukraine1, on April 5, the Armed Forces of Ukraine conducted training in the fully reserved area of the Black Sea Biosphere Reserve. This is despite of the fact that any stay on the territory of the reserved…

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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.


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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5 August 2018 Human rights and environmental protection: tutorial manual for judges-trainers of the online course

Human rights and environmental protection: tutorial manual for judges-trainers of the online course. Printing house “Manuscrypt”, 2018. The tutorial manual is intended to help judges develop skills in examining cases in the area of environmental protection and human rights while taking the distance course “Human Rights and Environmental Protection”. It can be used both by…

13 July 2018 Challenging product-sharing agreements to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee

Case: Challenging product-sharing agreements to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee Location: Ukraine, international level Merits of the case: Protection on behalf of the public concerned of access to information, participation in decision-making on matters relating to the environment and the right to safe and healthy environment Parties: EPL – applicant, Ukraine – Party concerned Main…

2 April 2018 EPL asks the Ministry of Environment to prevent massive forest felling in the national reserve “Vorotniv”

As it became known to EPL from the web-site of the Volyn Oblast State Forest and Hunting Administration, on March 15, 2018, the list of measures to improve the sanitary state of forests in Vorotniv Forestry and the State Enterprise “Kivertsi Forestry” was approved. The list of forest felling in “Vorotniv” reserve The area where…

6 March 2018 Atmospheric Trust Litigation

Case: Atmospheric Trust Litigation Region: Ukraine Parties: plaintiff: NGO “Environment-People-Law” (EPL); defendant: the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (CMU), Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine (Ministry), National Agency of Environmental Investmets (NAEI). Goal of the case: Protection of present and future generations from negative consequences on climate change. The claim was prepared as part of…


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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.”
  • 1994 y.
    October 14 – created the “Center for Public Environmental Advocacy” with ABA / CEELI.
  • 1994 y.

    – 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.

    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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – DOEN Foundation started support of the environmental public advocacy center

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

  • 2005 y.

    – 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.

    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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

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

  • 2013 y.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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.

    – 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