Biodiversity and ecosystems means much more than saving whales and pretty landscapes: it is instrumental in reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development. By contrast, the loss of biodiversity – habitats, crops, animal breeds – threatens to negate decades of development gains, and those most harshly affected will be the world's most vulnerable people. Overcoming environmental degradation is an act of justice. Strong laws backing empowered people can make the difference.
The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Development signals a milestone in awareness of the interconnected nature of environmental and development goals. Success will require bringing people across society for transformative shifts towards more sustainable choices. IDLO has been working since 2011 to advance discussions on the role of the rule of law for environmental sustainability – raising awareness about innovative new legal norms for sustainability and working hand-in-hand with national lawyers around the world to share legal breakthroughs.