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(Español) Entidades piden RD firme convenio de acceso a la información, participación y justicia ambientales

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Sorry, this entry is only available in European Spanish.


Sorry, this entry is only available in European Spanish.


Sorry, this entry is only available in European Spanish.

Victory for Environmental Defenders and Democracy in Latin America

After a 6-year negotiation process, 24 Latin American and Caribbean countries have adopted a regional agreement to ensure access to information, participation, and justice in environmental matters. Upon entering into force, the agreement will include the first ever legally binding provisions to protect environmental defenders from threats and attacks.

The agreement, also known as LAC P10 or the Escazú Convention, requires states to guarantee the right to a healthy environment, the right of access to environmental information, the right to public participation, the right of access to justice in environmental matters, and a safe environment for environmental human rights defenders.

ELAW provided support to several partners in the region as they participated in the negotiations.


ELAW partner Carole Excell, Project Director of The Access Initiative, said the agreement “will make it easier for millions of people to access environmental information, participate in decision-making that affect their lives, and hold powerful interests to account for environmental injustices. It took vision and courage for Governments from the region to engage in developing this agreement with the significant and open participation of civil society throughout the whole process.”

ELAW partner Euren Cuevas Medina, Executive Director of Instituto de Abogados para la Protección del Media Ambiente (INSAPROMA) in the Dominican Republic, has worked on the agreement for many years. “This agreement will play a huge role in ensuring that environmental defenders in the Dominican Republic are protected from attacks,” said Euren.

ELAW partner Gabriela Burdiles Perucci, Attorney at Fiscalía del Media Ambiente (FIMA) in Chile, said, “It is a unique treaty because it addresses for the first time the issue of strengthening environmental democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, it protects vulnerable groups such as indigenous peoples and other people who can not access or have difficult access to state institutions and courts to enforce their rights.”

ELAW partner Andrea Cerami, Attorney at the Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA), said, “After being involved in the negotiation process for many years, I am pleased that 24 countries have adopted the LAC P10 agreement. It will provide the opportunity for States to guarantee that citizens and people in their jurisdictions can participate in environmental decision-making, and keep environmental and human rights defenders safer from attacks.”

Countries will be able to officially sign the agreement starting in September 2018. Once the agreement enters into force, ELAW will work with advocates to ensure State Parties are effectively implementing the agreement.

Around the world, environmental and human rights defenders are facing increasing attacks and threats for their work. In 2017, Global Witness reports that 197 environmental defenders were killed for their work, with 60% of them in Latin America.

Last week, ELAW partners at CEMDA released a new report, “Informe sobre la situatión de las personas defensoras de los derechos humanos ambientales” (Report on the situation of environmental human rights defenders). The report details attacks and harassment against Mexican environmental defenders.

For more information about the LAC P10 agreement, see:

Latin American countries sign legally binding pact to protect land defenders

4 Environmental Activists are Murdered Every Week. A New Agreement Could Help in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Identify land-based activities impacting the marine-coastal zone

Environmental lawyer Euren Cuevas Medina gave a lecture on “Land based activities that Impact the Coastal Marine Zone” within the consultancy “National Action Program (PAN) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Activities. The objective of this research is to identify the activities carried out by people on land that affect the coastal-marine zone, in order to develop plans that can reduce the negative impact on the marine-coastal zone.


Among the findings discovered in the investigation and identified as polluting sources are: Household masonry; High temperature waters; Distilleries; Sugar mills; Inorganic food processing plants, Paperboard; Fabrics for tanneries; Plastic products; Paper mills; Waste from animal production (poultry, swine, bovine); Slaughterhouses; Mining waste, Refineries; Likewise the means or ways that lead the pollution towards the coastal zone were identified as: Rivers, Streams, Open sewers, Lakes, Lagoons and Sewers.


The consultancy also identifies the legal and institutional framework that regulates these activities, and consequently the laws, international conventions, decrees, resolutions and regulations that guide the institutions responsible for the application of the legislation are indicated.


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Expert in Environmental Law Imparts conference in the Dominican Republic Senate

The environmental lawyer Euren Cuevas Medina, gave the conference “Impact of the Manual of Adaptation of Laws to Climate Change in Projects under study in the National Congress and Other Laws.” The keynote speech was offered within the framework of the “National Dialogue on Policies and Legal Instruments to Adapt the Management of Biodiversity to Climate Change”.

Mr. Cuevas Medina explained the importance of the Handbook in 5 considerations. First, it is a toolkit with policy and legal guidelines for adapting biodiversity management to climate change. The second is a manual of strategic options for adapting biodiversity management to Climate change, third: Adaptive Biodiversity Management is needed; Fourth: Because it uses the Law and Policy to Create Climate-Resistant Biodiversity Management and fifth: It provides options for implementing adaptive biodiversity management.

The Manual on Adaptation of Laws to Climate Change was prepared by a group of expert environmental lawyers worldwide and the Dominican Republic was represented by INSAPROMA with its international consultant Nelson Manuel Pimentel Reyes and was sponsored by the Lawyers Institute of Law Environmental Conference in Washington DC, and in the Dominican Republic. Jaragua Group, IDDIS, Academy of Sciences, UASD, among other institutions of government and civil society participated in the workshop the Senate Environmental Commission chaired by Félix Nova Paulino.


Euren Cuevas Medina
Executive Director of the Institute of Lawyers for the Protection of the Environment (INSAPROMA)



The environmental lawyer Euren Cuevas Medina gave a lecture on “Legal Perspectives on Protected Areas and Climate Change in the Dominican Republic” within the framework of the Presentation of Final Results of the Institutional and Legal Framework of Protected Areas and Climate Change.

This presentation outlined the findings of the Sectoral Law on Protected Areas No. 202-04, which investigated the gaps and strengths in relation to climate change, with the aim of detecting such weaknesses to recommend actions that can strengthen the climatic resilience capacity of protected areas.

The environmental lawyer Euren Cuevas Medina was in charge of the consultancy promoted and coordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) so that these results can be used by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, in a possible reform to the sectoral law on protected areas.

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(Español) Cultivos hidropónicos al rescate del medio ambiente y la conservación del agua

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Third Meeting of the Conformation of the Regional Support Centre for Civil Society in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in the Dominican Republic

The Institute of Lawyers for Environmental Protection participated in the conformation meeting of the Regional Support Center for Civil Society in Latin America and the Caribbean The meeting was held on 29 and 30 August at the Sheraton hotel in Santo Domingo in order to present the first product of regional Center consisting of the online regional platform for collaborative economy as well as the co-design of the launch of the regional Center, a process built on past discussions. This activity is a sign that civil society (OCS) has an important role at this time for growth in Latin America and the Caribbean. We understand that a space has opened for these entities, but its still not enough. This initiative has innovative goals for the above mentioned regions such as; manage a digital platform designed exclusively for the Regional Center to provide a more interactive communication between the OCS’s and the rest of the world, to design new tools for continuous improvements in management, initiate social and civic creations with potential to contribute to the development of institutions among other objectives.

Written by Mariana Castellanos