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EPL: Events and Announcements

5 June 2020 5th June World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day (WED). This is the International Day of the United Nations. The idea behind celebrating this day is that everyone on the planet should think at least for a moment about the environment and his/her place in global processes. This is a special day for International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law”. We analyze…

8 April 2020 Pump up your eco-activism with EPL and ELAW!

International charitable organization Environment-People-Law (EPL), in collaboration with the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), is launching a new project: “Strengthening Environmental Democracy in Ukraine,” funded by The United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The two-year project aims to strengthen public participation in environmental justice through three thematic platforms to address environmental issues in the following areas:…

28 February 2020 Causes and threats of decline in the number of cetaceans in the Black and Azov Seas

The Black Sea mammal fauna has three species of cetaceans, which are endemic subspecies – the harbour purpoise, the short-beaked common dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin. The undermining of the forage base, poaching, accidental deaths in fishing nets, invasions of alien species, epizootics, pollution of the sea led to the threat of extinction of the…

8 November 2019 International judges forum dedicated to judicial protection of natural environment and environmental rights took place in Kyiv.

On November 7, 2019, the High Administrative Court of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, in partnership with EPL, with the funding of the EU organized important and useful event for judges, academia and public. The participants to this event discussed elements of access to justice and court practice in cases concerning protection of environmental rights…

12 September 2019 Invitation for general stakeholders to participate in the survey concerning public participation in decision-making on climate change

Dear colleagues, We are inviting representatives of public, environmental and non–environmental NGOs, representatives of business, academia, municipalitiestoparticipateinthesurveyofpublicopinion. Survey is aimed at assessment of the level of awareness of wide public concerning problems of climate change, and possibilities for their participation in political or individual decision–making affecting climate, at national, regional and local levels, defining of…

28 May 2019 EU project makes assessment of mercury-containing waste in Ukraine

Lviv, May 28, 2019 Annually Ukraine dumps about 26 mln fluorescent lamps that contain about 130 kg of mercury. Waste electronic and electric equipment contributes to another 40 kg of mercury that gets into the environment as stated in the analytical report “Assessment of amounts of mercury-containing waste and recommendations for implementation of the Minamata…

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The White paper is aimed to help in reformation of the management of forest industry. The publication outlines the main problems in forest industry in Ukraine, legislative gaps in this area and the key solutions for bridging the gaps and raising the quality of Ukrainian forests that will create necessary conditions for preserving biodiversity and…


This analytic paper (Green paper) is aimed to help in reformation of the management of forest industry. The publication outlines the main problems in forest industry in Ukraine, legislative gaps in this area that limit the development of the branch of economy and preservation of forest ecosystems with necessary conditions for biodiversity and ecological balance…


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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13 July 2020 Road construction in the St. George square park

Core of the case: protection of the St. George square park. Region: Ukraine, Lviv region, Lviv. Essence of the case: protection of the right to safe and healthy environment, protection of the green spaces from the construction Parties: EPL, citizens of Lviv, Lviv city council, municipal enterprise “Lvivavtodor”, Curia of the Lviv archdiocese of the UGCC. Essence of the problem: road construction in the St. George…

1 July 2020 Protection of National park “Tuzlowski lymany”

The essence of the case: preservation of specially valuable wetlands of international importance from construction and other illegal activities and legal support of the activities of National Park ” Tuzlowski lymany “. The essence of the problem: National park ” Tuzlowski lymany ” was created to protect specially valuable Ramsar lands – the system of…

3 June 2020 Appeal against the environmental impact assessment (EIA) decision on Polis’ka WPP

Case: Appeal against the environmental impact assessment (EIA) decision on Polis’ka WPP Region: Ukraine Essence of the case: the EIA procedure for Polis’ka WPP took place with significant violations of the EIA legislation by both the developer and the Ministry of Environment, which issued a decision to permit the planned activity in a situation when…

18 February 2020 Protecting the right to environmental safety due to the lack of control over the use of pesticides and agrochemicals

Protecting the right to environmental safety due to the lack of control over the use of pesticides and agrochemicals Case: Prohibition of pesticides and agrochemicals due to lack of control system Region: Ukraine Essence of the case: The establishment in Ukraine of control over the use of pesticides and agrochemicals Essence of the problem: In…


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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