Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment: Biodiversity Report

United Nations Human Rights Council, A/HRC/34/49

Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper

22 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2017

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John H. Knox

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: January 19, 2017

Abstract

This report describes the importance of ecosystem services and biodiversity for the full enjoyment of human rights, and explains how human rights obligations apply to biodiversity-related actions. It addresses the obligations of States to respect and protect the rights of information, participation, freedom of expression, and remedy in the context of biodiversity; the obligations of States individually and collectively to protect against the loss of biodiversity; and the heightened obligations of States to members of non-indigenous communities, as well as indigenous peoples, that closely depend on natural ecosystems for their material and cultural needs.

Keywords: human rights, biodiversity, ecosystem services

JEL Classification: K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Knox, John H., Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment: Biodiversity Report (January 19, 2017). United Nations Human Rights Council, A/HRC/34/49; Wake Forest Univ. Legal Studies Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2913630

John H. Knox (Contact Author)

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