The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) is an intergovernmental organization with a focus on the rule of law and development.
Dealing with ecosystem degradation has long been seen as the purview of environmentalists alone. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), biodiversity has been recognized as essential to human resilience and economic opportunity, and its preservation requires action from all sectors of society. IDLO is taking a lead in recognizing that 'rule of law' based approaches do offer tools that can move biodiversity efforts beyond small pockets of success to the long-term, scaled-up change, which is needed to secure just and equitable lives for people around the world.
IDLO, together with the Swiss Federal Office of the Environment (FOEN) and SwedBio – Stockholm Resilience Centre, are working to foster dialogues and develop practical tools for countries to use in their efforts to raise awareness and capacity, and bring together actors from different levels of society that will collaborate to achieve co-benefit for the environment and human development.
IDLO commissioned Martineau & Co to develop a series of factsheets to show the ways in which law can be used to support biodiversity.