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EPL: Events and Announcements

16 листопада 2017 COP 23: one conference, two zones

The UN 23rd conference on climate change was organized according to the concept “one conference, two zones”. What was the purpose of dividing the conference into two zones, how are they different, interesting and useful? Bula zone The name of the zone has its meaning. COP 23 was to be held in Fiji but because…

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6 листопада 2017 The Appellate Court supported the public in their fight against another pig farm in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

On 6 November 2017, Lviv Appellate Administrative Court supported the decision of Ivano-Frankivsk Circuit Administrative Court of 23 June 2017 (http://www.reyestr.court.gov.ua/Review/67480505) to declare unlawful the transfer of 5,5 ha of agricultural lands for lease by another pig raising complex of «Danosha” Ltd. The plaintiff, a resident of the Tlumach district of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast, being aware…

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3 листопада 2017 EPL and Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Cherkassy National University – cooperation for the sake of the future

On November 2, 2017, the Training and Scientific Institute of Bohdan Khmelnytski Cherkassy National University hosted the first, introductory training seminar within the course “Ukraine as an Element of the Pan-European Nature Protection Space”. EPL environmental scientist Petro Testov informed students majoring in environmental studies and biology about the main approaches to environmental protection management…

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23 жовтня 2017 The Dnipro shipping route is lobbied by the presidential party and “NIBULON”

Ukrainian politicians and agrarian tycoons have announced the intention to build the Ukrainian part of the waterway from Gdansk to Kherson. E40 is the waterway more than 2000 kilometers long, which should pass through the territory of Poland, Belarus and Ukraine. It is planned that the route will connect the Black Sea and the Baltic…

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19 жовтня 2017 Announcement: «ENVIRONMENTAL CIVIL SOCIETY FORUM »

On 12-14 December 2017, International charitable organization “Environment–People–Law” (EPL) is traditionally gathering representatives of the civil society working for environmental protection. This year the meeting will be exceptional because it will be devoted to introduction in Ukraine of the institutes of environmental assessment, the issue on which part of environmental NGOs have been focusing for…

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18 жовтня 2017 The State Administration of Affairs robs national parks

For three years, the State Administration of Affairs (SAA) has misused at least 31 million UAH envisaged for the work of national nature parks. In the next three years, it is planned to spend another 36 million UAH in the similar way. SAA believes that “maintenance of national parks” is the repair of the roof…

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4 жовтня 2017 Kerch Bridge will destroy the Sea of ​​Azov

Theme №1 in the “Crimean issue” during the last two years is the construction of a bridge across the Kerch Strait, which aims to connect Russia with the annexed Crimean peninsula. Most of the discussions around this undoubtedly important issue are turning around political consequences, or are like dragging a rope guessing whether “they will…

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25 вересня 2017 The judges said artificial sand wash-over in Koncha-Zaspa is legal

The panel of judges of the Kyiv Economic Court of Appeal in the case No. 911/61/17 stated that artificial sand wash-over in Koncha-Zaspa is legal. In the period from 2001 to 2008 in Koncha-Zaspa on the disputed territory between Kyiv and the Kyiv region, there was performed artificial sand wash-over for construction works on the…

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8 вересня 2017 What is the clue to Swedish effectiveness of waste management?

Sophia Shutiak, EPL lawyer, was looking for the answer to the question at the meeting of Avfall Sverige company – the Swedish Waste Management Association.1 As explained Jon Nilsson–Djerf, the representative of the Association, Sweden has a complex system of waste collection that is very effective. But Swedes are modest and say that there is…

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10 липня 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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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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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