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In a plenary session of the IUCN Academy’s 13th annual colloquium, Eva Duer of UNEP’s Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, introduced the overall InforMEA (Multilateral Environmental Agreement) program to conference participants and highlighted InforMEA’s E-Learning Platform

InforMEA is the first project established by the MEA Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, which is facilitated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Initiative brings together MEAs to develop harmonized and inter-operable information systems for the benefit of Parties and the environment community at large. InforMEA displays COP decisions and resolutions, news, events, MEA membership, national focal points, national reports and implementation plans. It organizes the world’s environmental law for those who need it to steer and implement global environmental policy.

 

The E-Learning Platform, to which IUCN Academy member institutions in France and China are contributing through translation and promotional initiatives provides free, self-paced introductory courses on each of UNEP’s MEAs and seeks to build knowledge and greater understanding of International Environmental Law. After finishing MEA E-Learning modules, students are entitled to certificates of completion.

At the Graduate Students Forum that annually accompanies the Academy colloquia, Ms. Duer met with doctoral students and young and emerging scholars in the field of environmental law for further discussions about on-line learning opportunities in international environmental law.

Background: InforMEA - An Online Home of MEAs

We live in a planet under pressure, facing threats to its environment and the millions of species it supports including our own. These threats require the international community to act jointly to better preserve it. This is the objective of all legally binding treaties and agreements (known as MEAs - Multilateral Environmental Agreements) that have been created over the past 50 years. The many MEAs in force today are different in their aspiration and scope yet related and often interdependent.

To ensure that stakeholders have the best possible access to information, an intelligent tool was required: InforMEA is an online platform that provides a bird’s-eye view of all major environmental treaties and how they relate to countries and regions in the world.  It offers rapid retrieval of information, and a powerful research capability. Decision-makers can use this database to explore best practices and design their countries’ policies in line with global environmental legislation. It is also accessible to everyone involved in the environmental community – governments, intergovernmental organizations, the civil society or the private sector can benefit from this new platform.

The InforMEA E-learning Platform is a key benefit of the portal. It provides free, self-paced introductory courses on each MEA and seeks to build knowledge and greater understanding of International Environmental Law. At the end of each course a certificate of completion can be obtained.

Thanks to the cooperation with partners IUCN Academy of Environmental Law the e-learning platform is currently being translated into Chinese and French, which will allow even more learners to access this source of knowledge.

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law

The IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, a global network of environmental law faculties and research centres with some 200 institutional members in approximately sixty countries, promotes academic exchange, research, and teaching in the varied fields of environmental law.  It is the Vision of the Academy “to build sustained capacity in legal education and advance conceptual understanding and implementation of environmental law, particularly in developing countries.”

For further information about the Academy and its activities see http://www.iucnael.org/en/  or, contact Professor Jamie Benidickson or Professor Yves Le Bouthillier, Executive Directors, IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.