Title Summary of proposed legal principles for environmental protection and sustainable development
Sector Government, International
Keyword International law
Citation World Commission on Environment and Development Experts Group on Environmental Law. "Summary of proposed legal principles for environmental protection and sustainable development." - p.128. In Principles of environmental conservation and sustainable development: summary and survey : a study in the field of international law and related international reports : revised April 1996, by Steven C. Rockefeller. San Jose, Costa Rica: Earth Charter Project, Earth Council, 1996.
Provider World Commission on Environment and Development Experts Group on Environmental Law, WCED
Principle Text World Commission on Environment and Development Experts
Group on Environmental Law. "Summary of proposed legal principles for environmental protection and sustainable development"
Principles of Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development:
Summary and Survey

Summary of Proposed Legal Principles for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Adopted by the WCED Experts Groups on Environmental Law

General Principles, Rights and Responsibilities

Fundamental Human Right:
1. All human beings have the fundamental right to an environment adequate for their health and well-being.

Inter-Generational Equity:
2. States shall conserve and use the environment and natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

Conservation and Sustainable Use:
3. States shall maintain ecosystems and ecological processes essential for the functioning of the biosphere, shall preserve biological diversity, and shall observe the principle of optimum sustainable yield in the use of living natural resources and ecosystems.

Environmental Standards and Monitoring:
4. States shall establish adequate environmental protection standards and monitor changes in and publish relevant data on environmental quality and resource use.

Prior Environmental Assessments:
5. States shall make or require prior environmental assessments or proposed activities which may significantly affect the environment or use of a natural resource.

Prior Notification, Access and Due Process
6. Sates shall inform in a timely manner all persons likely to be significantly affected by a planned activity and to grant them equal access and due process in administrative and judicial proceedings.

Sustainable Development and Assistance
7. States shall ensure that conservation is treated as an integral part of the planning and implementation of development activities and provide assistance to other States, especially to developing countries, in support of environmental protection and sustainable development.

General Obligation to Co-operate
8. States shall co-operate in good faith with other States in implementing the preceding rights and obligations.

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