Discussion Brief for National environmental Enforcement Authorities
The right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia: National environmental enforcement authorities’, was prepared for RWI Asia and the Pacific Office by Patricia Moore.

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Climate change, biodiversity loss, and the destruction and degradation of ecosystems have significant impacts on people’s lives, affecting our ability to work, have leisure activities, and enjoy good health. Human rights and environmental protection are interdependent. A healthy environment enables people to fully enjoy their human rights. At the same time, the exercise of human rights helps promote environmental protection.

 

This discussion brief synthesises information and approaches to the role of national environmental enforcement authorities with respect to the linkages between human rights and the environment, and elaborates strategic entry points for further action. It also suggests methods for strengthening the capacity of national enforcement authorities on the right to a healthy environment.

 

Its aim is to catalyse dialogue and thinking on how national environmental enforcement authorities can play a more prominent role, as key law enforcers around environmental crime, in promoting and protecting the right to a healthy environment, both as an independent institution and in collaboration with national courts, prosecutors and prosecuting authorities, and human rights institutions.

 

While this brief focuses specifically on the role of national environmental enforcement authorities in ensuring the respect for human rights and environmental rule of law in criminal proceedings, the role of national prosecutors and prosecuting authorities is covered in Discussion Brief No. 6.

 

Discussion Brief No. 7, titled: ‘The right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia: National environmental enforcement authorities’, was prepared for RWI Asia and the Pacific Office by Patricia Moore – Independent Consultant. This document should be cited as follows:

 

Moore, P (2021) ‘The right to a healthy environment in Southeast Asia: National environmental enforcement authorities’, The right to a healthy environment: Discussion Brief No. 7, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

 

The overall conceptualisation, project terms, guidance, and editing were led by Claudia Ituarte-Lima, Senior Researcher (RWI) and Victor Bernard, Program Officer (RWI).


This Brief also available in Thai, Discussion Brief - The right to a healthy environment - National environmental enforcement authorities (Thai).pdf