Environmental laws only look good on paper, UN says

980fb9f99cf936c65705ff8a5b798e2cA dramatic spike in the global adoption of environmental laws has failed to translate into better conservation efforts, according to a United Nations report, the first global evaluation of such laws.

The document — which assessed national laws, regulations, and policies around the world — found that a lack of political will, underfunded agencies, unfair judicial systems and a poor implementation of the law has in fact hindered efforts to address some of the biggest challenges of our time, such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

To counter this, the report emphasises the need to strengthen the environmental rule of law through a regular global assessment to track progress or potential backsliding.

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