21 November 2003

IUCN staff lawyers in Asia, based in IUCN Country Offices in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, gathered in Bangkok for a three-day intensive orientation on IUCN's approach to environmental law - the first such gathering of what will become an annual event. IUCN's Global Environmental Law Programme (ELP) provided funding to the Regional ELP, Asia, to organize the workshop under its 'Regionalization Programme' and a Legal Officer from IUCN's Environmental Law Centre, Bonn was one of the resource persons. Participants were provided with a Resource Book and CD, which included IUCN General Assembly/World Conservation Congress (WCC) resolutions, policy statements approved by Council, IUCN policy briefs, links to environmental law-related internet resources, and background notes on the whole range of issues in IUCN's Programme. Using these resources, publications from IUCN's Environmental Policy & Law Paper series and other IUCN programmes, the lawyers analyzed laws from their own countries. With the Asia Regional Conservation Forum coming up in December 2003, and the WCC to be held in Asia in 2004, the lawyers also spent time comparing their draft country programmes with the draft regional and global programmes.

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