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6 December 2022 Will the reform of state environmental control be implemented?

The reform of state environmental control has been implemented for at least five years. It is almost three years since registration in the Parliament of the Draft Law on State Environmental Control No. 3091. In July 2021, it was adopted as a basis, and the issue has not moved any further. International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law”…

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1 December 2022 The role of civil society as driving force for the EU driven changes and reforms

EPL participated online in High-Level Conference on ‘RebuildUkraine’ and Civil Dialogue, organized by European Environmental Bureau, with participation of the EU institutions representatives. EPL presented its vision on the role of civil society in Ukraine, in rebuilding Ukraine and launching key environmental reforms, in particular the reform of state environmental control. Below there is EPL statement…

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29 November 2022 Online meeting with the Aarhus Convention’s Special Rapporteur

On November 23, there was held an online meeting of all stakeholders with the newly elected Special Rapporteur of the Aarhus Convention on Environmental Defenders, where he presented his mandate and talked about his future activities. After his election, Mr. Michel Forst thanked the Parties for their trust and stated that he will do his…

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29 November 2022 Recommendations for improvement of E-PRTR highlighted at the Ninth meeting of the working group of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Register to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters

  While Ukraine is just starting to implement the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (hereinafter – the Register), the international community is actively working to improve it. Among other things, the following ideas for improvement of functioning of the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (hereinafter – E-PRTR) were proposed at the ninth meeting of…

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29 November 2022 What mood prevails in the UN?

As we mentioned earlier, lawyers of International charitable organization “Environment-People-Law” took part in The ninth meeting of the working group of the Parties to the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (hereinafter – the Protocol) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice on Environmental Matters. Participation…

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22 November 2022 The President’s speech at the meeting of the G20 countries: a view on ecocide

  Last week, the leaders of the world’s leading states arrived on the Indonesian island of Bali for the annual meeting of the G20 countries, which unites the world’s leading economies. All these countries in one or another way are experiencing the consequences of the war of the russian federation against Ukraine. The fact that…

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Analysis of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Analysis of the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Procedure for Conducting Public Hearings Regarding Consideration of Public Interests During Development of City Planning Documentation at the Local Level” On October 21, 2022, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved a new version of the Procedure for holding public…

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Access to information for the needs of public participation in the EIA procedure under martial law

The introduction of martial law in Ukraine in connection with the armed aggression of the russian federation caused a number of restrictions on certain human and citizens’ constitutional rights and freedoms. But how justified are the restrictions that the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine has introduced in the environmental impact assessment procedure,…

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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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31 October 2022 Protection of valuable mountain range Svydovets

Region: Zakarpatya and Ivano-Frankivsk regions Essence of the case: Protection of valuable mountain range, glassier lakes, Emerald network site, wetlands from construction of ski resort «Svydovets» Essence of the problem: In May 2017, Rakhiv and Tyachiv state administrations adopted the decisions on approval of the detailed plan of the territory (DPT) and decided on functional designation…

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31 October 2022 PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS OF KAMYANSKE FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. Case of “Rokoban” LTD.

Region: Kamyanske city, Dnipropetrovsk oblast Essence of the case: Defending the right of city residents to safe and healthy environment. Essence 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 40 000 tons per year….

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19 October 2022 PROTECTION OF THE RIGHTS OF RESIDENTS of Gryada village, violated by the Gryada pig farm

REGION: village Hryada, Lviv district, Lviv region. Merits of the case: Protection of environmental rights of residents of Gryada village from pollution caused by the pig farm of LLC «APP Hryada». Core of the problem: The LLC “APP Gryada” pig farm has been poisoning the air and surrounding land for many years, resulting in suffering…

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18 October 2022 Public participation in decisions on specific activities in Ukraine: state of the art and way forward

Public participation in decisions on specific activities in Ukraine: state of the art and way forward Yelyzaveta Aleksyeyeva elni Review 2022, pp. 51-57. https://doi.org/10.46850/elni.2022.009 The article provides a critical analysis of the state of development of participatory democracy instruments in Ukraine in particular of access to information relevant to the decision-making and public participation in environmental matters….

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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