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2 October 2018 Why forest certification does not work properly in Ukraine?

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is a non-governmental non-commercial member organization, founded in 1993 by a group of nature conservation organizations, forestry enterprises, traders and forestry trade unions. The primary goal was to protect tropical forests from intensive logging. Nowadays FSC Forest Management Standard is widely spread among the world. Obtaining FSC Certificate enables enterprises to…

19 September 2018 Most of protected areas in the ATO zone are harmed by the war

Starting from June 2014, EPL has been monitoring the conditions of protected areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions because of the war. Most of reliable facts can be found on EPL’s web-site in the thematic news1 and research2 sections. EPL experts released more than 20 materials in collections of academic papers and conference theses devoted…

19 September 2018 Russia revokes reserves in Crimea

Some land from the territory of the Crimean and Yalta mountain-forest reserves has been withdrawn for the construction of government dachas. The status of the land, the area of which is equivalent to all suburban forests in Kyiv, has been changed from protected to recreational one. The Cape Martyan Reserve and 11 other national nature…

14 September 2018 100 judges have increased their qualifications in environmental matters

The project “Effective Justice for Protection of the Environment and Environmental Rights of Citizens” that was implemented for a year supported by the Nove Pravosuddya Justice Sector Reform Program financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is coming to an end. During this time, a distance course “Human Rights and Environmental Protection”…

13 September 2018 Environmental catastrophe in Crimea: poisoned air

In recent days, the technogenic disaster on the northern outskirts of the Crimean peninsula has been a major environmental issue in Ukraine. Similar to the situation with the territories in Donbass not controlled by the Ukrainian government, no civil society organization or public controling auhtority of Ukraine have the possibility to get to the scene…

6 September 2018 International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” calls for not burning dry vegetation and waste

International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” (EPL) calls for not burning dry vegetation, but to compost it with the purpose to fertilize private plots. Domestic waste (PET bottles, plastic, polyethylene, paper, cardboard) need to be sorted separately and resource-consuming components are to be taken to collection points, while the remaining waste is to be landfilled. If separate…

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Policy brief on problems and urgent solutions in the forest management sector in Ukraine

Absence of effective management system, transparency in forest management, and qualitative legal system is one of the main reasons for corruption in forest industry and social dissatisfaction with the actions of forest officers. At the same time, wood is a renewable natural resource, and EU and North American experience indicates that it is possible to…


According to the data of the World Health Organization for 2016, Ukraine ranks fourth in Europe by number of deaths per 100 thousand persons (137 deaths) resulting from air pollutioni. To compare, in the neighbouring Poland and Slovakia this figure makes respectively 76 and 59 cases, and in Austria – only 39 out of 100…


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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16 October 2018 Construction of a small hydroelectric power station on the Dzembronya River

Region: Ukraine, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Dzembronya village (former Berestechko village, Bystrets local council). Trial: on invalidation of the land rental agreement dated August 16, 2010, concluded between Bystrets local council and Myronyuk V.V. The application of the consequences of the invalidity of the transaction, namely: to oblige the Myronyuk V.V. to bring the land plot to…

16 October 2018 Removing obstacles to the functioning of the Kaniv Nature Reserve

Essence of the case: ensuring the proper functioning of the nature reserve as a separate legal entity, which is part of the nature reserve fund of Ukraine, is protected as a national heritage site owned by the people of Ukraine. Region: Ukraine, Cherkasy region, Kaniv Essence of the problem: The Kaniv Nature Reserve was illegally removed…

5 October 2018 Challenging of the Program of Hydropower Development for the period up to 2026

Case: Challenging the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on approval of the Program of Hydropower Industry Development for the period up to 2026. Region: Ukraine, Kyiv. The essence of the case: protection of EPL’s interest in complying with environmental legislation, in particular the environmental assessment of the program, and the protection of…

5 October 2018 EPL against SE “Ukrderzhbudekspertiza”

Case: The protection of EPL’s right to environmental information. Litigation: challenging the refusal of the State Enterprise “Ukrderzhbudekspertiza” to respond to a request for information and requesting the court to provide complete information. Region: Ukraine, Kyiv. Parties: Plaintiff – ICO “Environmental-People-Law”, defendant – State Enterprise “Ukrderzhbudekspertiza”. The essence of the problem: business entities do not…


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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