#Aarhus

Belarus has withdrawn from the Convention on environmental democracy

Belarus has withdrawn from the Convention on environmental democracy

Belarus has withdrawn from the international Aarhus Convention [1] on Environmental Democracy after president Alyaksandr Lukashenka decides to do so by issuing a decree. The...

Battles for the environment encounter the gap between the law and reality in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Battles for the environment encounter the gap between the law and reality in Bosnia and Herzegovina

29 June 2022, SARAJEVO/PRAGUE - The people of Bosnia and Herzegovina still lack information about the state of the environment and face serious obstacles when trying to get...

Environmentalists have gained new advocacy. Michel Forst elected Special Rapporteur for the Aarhus Convention

Environmentalists have gained new advocacy. Michel Forst elected Special Rapporteur for the Aarhus Convention

The signatory states to the Aarhus Convention [1] on Environmental Democracy have unanimously elected a Special Rapporteur to help environmental defenders from persecution. This...

Aarhus Convention Committee urges states to help Ukrainian environmental activists

Aarhus Convention Committee urges states to help Ukrainian environmental activists

The Committee on Compliance with the Aarhus Convention [1] called on signatory states to help protect Ukrainian environmental activists. The call applies to people living or...

Moldovan environment lacks protection and citizens power to defend it, new report reveals

Moldovan environment lacks protection and citizens power to defend it, new report reveals

Moldovans do not have sufficient access to environmental information and their right to participate in decision-making is often restricted. The responsibilities of the state...

Belarus should stop persecuting environmental activists, UNECE countries insist

Belarus should stop persecuting environmental activists, UNECE countries insist

Belarus has been persecuting environmental activists and should stop this violation of international law. The Seventh Meeting of the Parties (1) to the Aarhus Convention (2)...

The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles

The space for civil society is furtherly shrinking: Too many states do not respect the environmental democracy principles

A substantial number of countries are failing to adhere to the agreed provisions of the International Aarhus Convention on environmental democracy (1). While the post-Soviet and...

Cities of Europe face a growing conflict between private and public interests

Cities of Europe face a growing conflict between private and public interests

As urbanization in European countries goes on, the quality of life in urban areas and the sustainability of spatial planning are becoming crucial. A conflict between private and...

Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments

Raise your hand for protection of environmental activists! NGOs call on governments

Will the defenders of the environment get effective protection from harassment and persecution? That is one of the main agenda points of the upcoming Meeting of the Parties to...

Without access to information, Moldova cannot achieve a better environment

Without access to information, Moldova cannot achieve a better environment

For years, environmentalists in Moldova have their hands tied by not having access to information – such as data on droughts or floods tormenting the country. Despite the fact...

Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus: a new study brings cases from Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia to light

Environmental destruction in times of coronavirus: a new study brings cases from Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia to light

Changing the law in favour of investors, sudden approval of controversial projects, unlawful construction of hydropower plants, illegal logging, or persecution of activists....

Aarhus anniversary: 20 years of environmental democracy

Aarhus anniversary: 20 years of environmental democracy

Twenty years after its adoption, the Aarhus Convention remains a unique mechanism enforcing people’s right to healthy environment. The UNECE’s international agreement, signed in...