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EPL: Events and Announcements

12 April 2017 City Council officials did not draw lessons from the tragedy on Hrybovychi landfill

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Lviv Regional State Administration held the meeting, where once again the governor acted as an intermediary between Lviv city council and villagers of Malekhiv trying to bring the parties to compromise in addressing the pressing issues of utilization of waste filtrates and preventing pollution of land and water resources with…

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12 April 2017 Statement of EPL for Members of the Parliament about the danger of setting “green tariff” for incineration of solid domestic waste

International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” reviewed the draft law №4493 “On Electricity Market of Ukraine” and amendments # 1104, 1106, 1108 to it that propose classification of domestic waste as a source of alternative energy and setting “green tariff” for enterprises that produce energy from domestic waste. The draft law in its original wording did not…

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6 April 2017 A unique geological monument destructed in Dnipropetrovsk region

In the vicinity of Krivyi Rih, the unknown destroyed the monument of nature called “Outcrops of arkose sandstones.” The violations were revealed by local area studies experts who write for wikipedia. During the examination of this protected object, the experts detected that it was significantly damaged by illegal stone mining. In particular, the cliff suffered…

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1 March 2017 The month of adoption of the law on environmental impact assessment

In February 2017, two committees of multilateral environmental agreements reviewed the progress in Ukraine’s implementation of its international obligations directly related to the adoption of the law on environmental impact assessment. On 20-22 February 2017, there was held the meeting of the Implementation Committee of the Espoo Convention (the Convention on the Assessment of the…

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24 February 2017 Together against corruption

On February 22, 2017, the Ministry of Environment hosted the working meeting regarding creation of a unified electronic system of access to information on permits, reports, inspection materials in the field of environmental protection, which is a priority anti-corruption measures of the Ministry of Environment of Ukraine for implementation of the Resolution of the Cabinet…

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23 February 2017 Pig farms as top-secret facilities

Since autumn 2016, EPL team has been advising residents of Tlumach district of Ivano-Frankivsk region, who learned of the decision of Tlumach District Administration №109 “On approval of the detailed plan of the territory outside the settlements of Hrushkivska, Havrylyatska, Hotymyrska village councils for building farm facilities on the farming land” adopted in February 2016….

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28 April 2017 Minimization of the affect on the environment and residents` health from the results of operation of piggery of “Silski Traduciyi” LtD

Region: village Bilyky, Kobelackyj rayon, Poltava oblast Essence of the case: Protection of citizens` right to safe and healthy environment, protection of the components of environment (water, soil, air), protection of activists Essence of the problem: Residents of Bilyky village are suffering from permanent odour, sewage gas resulting from the operation of pig farm “Silski…

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28 April 2017 Military Conflict in Eastern Ukraine — Civilization Challenges to Humanity

The manual offers studies by International Charitable Environmental Law Organization «Environment-People-Law» (EPL) on the impact of military operations on the environment in eastern Ukraine, evaluation of damage caused to the environment,provides key environmental features in Donetsk and Luhansk regions before the confl ict, investigates factors about pollution and destruction of environmenal objects caused by military…

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18 April 2017 Military Conf lict in Eastern Ukraine – Civilization Challenges to Humanity

Th e manual off ers studies by International Charitable Environmental Law Organization «Environment-People-Law» (EPL) on the impact of military operations on the environment in eastern Ukraine, evaluation of damage caused to the environment, provides key environmental features in Donetsk and Luhansk regions before the confl ict, investigates factors about pollution and destruction of environmenal objects…

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18 April 2017 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…

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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