The ELC is a programme unit of the IUCN secretariat and an internationally recognized centre of excellence for the conceptual development and implementation of environmental law. It coordinates the promotion of environmental law as a tool for sustainable development and resource governance. It acts as the secretariat for the WCEL, and works in collaboration with the whole of IUCN, together with many other partners from
across the globe.
The ELC is the management unit for ECOLEX, www.ecolex.org, a comprehensive web-based
information portal on environmental law.
Some of the themes the ELC is working on in collaboration with its partners include:
• Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Climate Change
• Marine and Oceans
• Protected Areas
• Integrated Spatial Planning
• Wildlife Crime