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EPL: Events and Announcements

9 October 2021 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has put forward a draft of an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment

At the end of September 2021, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, referring to its Resolution 2396 (2021) “Anchoring the right to a healthy environment: need for enhanced action by the Council of Europe”, reiterated the need to recognize a new generation of human rights. In Recommendations 2211 (2021) the Assembly expressed its…

7 October 2021 Saving the Svydovets

Environment-People-Law is pleased to announce a September 29 Supreme Court decision protecting the Svydovets massif from short-sighted plans for a giant ski resort. “Svydovets is our home, not an ATM machine for oligarchs,” “say local activists from the Zakarpattia region. “We want our children to see these pristine mountains and experience the love and joy…

4 October 2021 EPL continues to cooperate with the Prosecutor’s office on environmental issues

EPL took part in a regular seminar of the Specialized Environmental Prosecutor’s Office, which was held on September 27 at the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine and was devoted to monitoring compliance with the law during the pre-trial investigation in the area of environmental protection. EPL environmental scientist Bohdan Kuchenko once again outlined…

30 September 2021 Svydovets against developers: 2-1 in favor of Svydovets

Today the Supreme Court, consisting of a panel of judges of the Administrative Court of Cassation including judge-rapporteur Kravchuk V. M., judges: Bernazyuka Ya. O., Starodub O. P. heard the case № 807/1314/17 on cassation appeals of Fabrytsiy Vasyl Vasyliovych, 3rd person: International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” regarding the decision of the Lviv Court of Appeal…

22 September 2021 Presumed threat to Emerald site “PoloninaBorzhava” (UA0000263) from wind energy development

Bern Convention / Polonina Borzhava OSA, 2nd Meeting with civil society and other stakeholders took place on Tuesday 21st September. Official position of EPL 1 Substantial adverse impact on the territory of the Emerald network “Polonina Borzhava” (UA0000263) from wind energy development. The construction of wind farms on the territory of Polonina Borzhava will have a significant…

16 September 2021 Meeting with the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

EPL took part in the meeting with the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius. During the meeting, EPL Executive Director Olena Kravchenko spoke about the progress of reforms in the area of state environmental control, state environmental monitoring, waste management, biodiversity conservation. According to Olena Kravchenko, over the last year Ukraine…

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Assessment of Ukraine’s implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in the area of environmental protection

This document assesses Ukraine’s progress in fulfilling certain obligations under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in terms of cooperation in carrying out institutional reforms in the area of environmental protection (Article 365 of Chapter 6 “Environment” of Title V “Economic and Sector Co–operation”), as well as the gradual approximation of Ukrainian legislation in the area of…

Policy brief on E-40 project and its threats for the environment

The purpose of the brief is to analyze the current state of water management and planning of implementation of projects that have an impact on the environment that result from the failure to conduct environmental assessments in full, which complicates the decision-making process and creates conflict situations. Any activity planned in Ukraine must guarantee environmental…


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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22 September 2021 Presumed threat to Emerald site “Polonina Borzhava” (UA0000263) from wind energy development

We present you the official position of the International Charitable Organization “Environment-People-Law” towards the case “Presumed threat to Emerald site” Polonina Borzhava “(UA0000263) from wind energy development” released 21.09.2021 on the 2nd Meeting of Experts Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats with civil society and other stakeholders. The full text can be…

3 September 2021 PROTECTION OF National Nature Park “HOLOSIYIVSKY”

Essence of the case: conservation of biological diversity and the territory of NPP “Holosiyivskyi” The essence of the problem:In April 2016, unknown individuals cut down trees on 0.40 hectares of the Holosiyivskyi National Nature Park in the Bychok tract. These unknown individuals were representatives of Avesta-Bud LLC, which in 2008 and 2010 leased a 2.56-hectare…

30 August 2021 Protection of the rights of citizens of Kamyanske for safe and healthy environment

  Region: Kamyanske city, Dnipropetrovsk oblast Merits of the case: Defending the right of city residents to safe and healthy environment. Core of the problem: The Ministry of Environment allowed the company Rokoban to operate in Kamyanske city, namely to incinerate hazardous waste and to process livestock waste with a capacity of up to 40…

14 April 2021 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