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EPL: Events and Announcements

18 February 2021 Shaping ambitious climate policy with civil society

We are happy to present final results of the joint study “Civil space for participation in climate policies in Colombia, Georgia and Ukraine”. This comprehensive study investigates whether and how civil society organizations are involved in national climate policy processes in Colombia, Ukraine and Georgia. The analysis addresses the political and legal framework for participation,…

17 February 2021 Goldbricks declined the draft law “On protection of bricks” or the failure of the first voting on the draft law “On Prevention, Reduction and Control of Industrial Pollution”

On February 16, 2021, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine failed to vote in favor of adopting the government draft law “On Prevention, Reduction and Control of Industrial Pollution” № 4167. Only five more votes were needed to adopt the draft law… In particular, Mr. Rozumkov, who was calling on people’s deputies to vote, for some…

29 December 2020 Press-release: «What is wrong with Stryiskyj forestry station»

Ukrainian forests are national value and perform mainly water protective, protective, sanitary–hygienic, healing, recreational and other functions and are the source of securing the needs of society in forest resources (art. 1 of the Forest Code of Ukraine) Lacking transparency and ignoring the public State company «Stryiskyj forestry station» ignores requests and complaints, sent by…

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…

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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…

Municipal forests of Ukraine

About 13 % of the Ukrainian forests are constantly being used by public enterprises. Compared to state forests, the efficiency of forest use and protection of large municipal forests is lower, which is caused by a chain of legal, administrative, and economic problems. Most municipal enterprises manage forests inefficiently, numerously violating the law. As a…


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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21 February 2021 Application of the European Convention on Human Rights for Protection of Environmental Rights and the Environment (manual)

The manual constitutes the first Ukrainian edition of the analytical review of the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in cases relating to the environment. The authors analyze court judgments under specific articles of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the content of which was creatively expanded by…

21 February 2021 Strategic Litigation to Protect Environmental Rights and Environment

The handbook provides definition and criteria of strategic litigation, expected outcomes and goals of public interest litigation, test or strategic litigation, reflects upon opportunities of creating such cases which will promote forward-looking strategic goals of an organization or an individual, discusses possibilities of strategic litigation cases that will contribute to transformation of Ukraine into such…

8 February 2021 Failure to provide information by the Department of Ivano-Frankivsk Regional State Administration

Case: appeal the refusal to provide information Region: Ukraine, Ivano-Frankivsk region, Kalush city Essence of the case: protection right of access to information Parties: EPL, Ivano-Frankivsk regional state administration (Ivano-Frankivsk RSA) Essence of the problem: violation of public access to environmental information on disposal of hazard waste (Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)) Main facts: EPL was approached by…

8 February 2021 Vilshyna

Case: Vilshyna Khutir Essence of case: Protection of the right of the people of Vilshyna khutir (settlement in Lviv oblast) to safe and healthy environment Region: Europe, Ukraine, Lviv oblast, Ciletz village, Vilshyna khutir Essence of problem: Vilshyna khutir is located in the territory of Chervonograd mining-and-industrial region. Two mining enterprises – central coal enrichment…


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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