The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced on 6 October 2016 that it had identified the recognition of nature’s fundamental rights to exist and thrive as critical to reversing environmental degradation.
The media release states that first, the IUCN recognized the inherent rights of nature in two approved Motions, on Crimes against the Environment and Humanity’s Right to a Healthy Environment. Second, IUCN members included nature’s rights in its just-completed 2017-2020 Programme of work priorities, which “aims to secure the rights of nature.”
The IUCN’s decisions on nature’s rights came immediately after the United Nations released an “Expert Report on Earth Jurisprudence,” which recommends that we must respect the “fundamental legal rights of ecosystems and species to exist, thrive and regenerate.”
Read more in the Earth Law Center media release.