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
22 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2017
Date Written: January 19, 2017
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
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