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Environmental charities, NGOs and not-for-profit organisations
Friends of the Earth UK site - insert your postcode in their search engine and see what factories are making regulated emissions in your area.
Newground is a charity helping people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods; to build skills and job prospects; and to live and work in a greener way. Our environmental legislation update service is an annual subscription service designed to keep companies up to date with changes to legislation relevant to their activities, products and services.
CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments), one of the leading not-for-profit organisations specialising in contaminated land, is delighted to launch our new website featuring a wealth of materials and online tools for all our users to enjoy
Wildlife and Countryside Link - brings together environmental voluntary organisations in the UK united by their common interest in the conservation and enjoyment of the natural and historic environment.
The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) is the national UK charity that helps people use the law to protect and improve their local environment and quality of life
The VISION of The Wildlife Trusts is “an environment rich in wildlife for everyone” . The MISSION of The Wildlife Trusts is to “rebuild biodiversity and engage people with their environment”.
The Campaign for National Parks is the national charity that works to protect and enhance the National Parks of England and Wales, and areas that merit National Park status, and promote understanding and quiet enjoyment of them for the benefit of all.
The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and all wildlife, helping to create a better world for everyone.
The UK Network for Environmental Economists brings together economists from academia, policy and consultancy to ensure better sharing of knowledge and also encourage interdisciplinary work with other professions involved in environmental policy making and implementation.
WWF - UK addresses global threats to people and nature such as climate change, the peril to endangered species and habitats, and the unsustainable consumption of the world's natural resources.
A new and unique business-led charity that galvanises and channels free professional advice from leading service providers across a range of disciplines into UK and international carbon reduction projects.
A not-for-profit organisation set up to help to reduce the disparity in access to legal resources between developed and developing countries at the UN climate change negotiations.
Not-for-profit organisation established to promote best practice standards in environmental management, auditing and assessment.
The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) is the leading professional and examining body for scientists, engineers, other environmental professionals, students and those committed to the sustainable management and development of water and the environment.
PEBA is an association of barristers who specialise in planning, environment, compulsory purchase, highways, housing, rating and other aspects of local government and administrative law.
The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales. From negotiating with and lobbying the profession's regulators, government and others, to offering training and advice, we're here to help, protect and promote solicitors across England and Wales.
The Health and Safety Lawyers' Association ("HSLA") is a national organisation aimed at those practitioners and academic lawyers who have an interest in an area of law that is rapidly increasing in scope and importance.
IES is a charitable organisation which promotes and raises public awareness of environmental science by supporting professional scientists and academics
Other environment websites
A website "looking at the actual philosophy and value systems that underpin most legal and governance systems, and making sure that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth."
Global Action Plan brings people together and inspires them to take practical environmental action. They collect the impact of their actions and share their stories, so more people are inspired to change. They believe that environmental sustainability is an issue for everyone - and all parts of society should be addressing it.
Government departments and agencies
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)'s home page - find the latest policy and circulars, etc.
Natural England, created on 2 October 2006 from English Nature, the landscape, access and recreation elements of the Countryside Agency and the environmental land management functions of the Rural Development Service.
Scottish Natural Heritage's mission is to work with Scotland’s people to care for its natural heritage.
The Forestry Commission's mission is to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment
AFBI, the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, is one of the world's leading providers of scientific research and services to government, non-governmental and commercial organisations.
Office of Public Sector Information including all recent Acts and statutory instruments can be downloaded free of charge
European and international organisations
DG XI - the centre of European Environmental Policy. The main role of the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General (DG) is to initiate and define new environmental legislation and to ensure that agreed measures are put into practice in the EU Member States.
European Environmental Law Website. Here you can find full text cases, legislation and other documents related to European Environmental Law
Center for EarthJurisprudence (est. fall 2006), a collaborative initiative of St. Thomas and Barry University law schools.
Journals and publications
ENDS (Environmental Data Services)Limited - the leading monthly journal in the UK for environmental legislation and policy.
Earthscan is one of the leading publishers in Sustainable Development. Our authoritative books and journals provide a valuable reference for our readers, subscribers and customers.
Other environmental organisations and groups
The Carbon Capture Legal Programme is a major research project at University College London looking at the legal aspects of carbon capture and storage technologies. The heart of the programme is a dedicated, open access and independent resource base which assimilates and organises key materials, across many jurisdictions. It is hoped that the Programme will assist in understanding and application of the law in this important area and in developing appropriate regulatory frameworks.
The Andrew Lees Trust was set up in 1995 following the sudden accidental death of Andrew Lees in Southern Madagascar.
The Trust develops and implements social and environmental education projects which aim to empower local communities to improve their self sufficiency and reduce the effects of extreme poverty.
Other useful websites
The National Farmers' Union represents the farmers and growers of England and Wales. Its central objective is to promote successful and socially responsible agriculture and horticulture, while ensuring the long term viability of rural communities.
For an authoritative source of information on environmental standards, visit the BSI website. As well as publishing British, European and International standards (including ISO 14001 and BS 8555), BSI also provides services for accreditation, training, Kitemark schemes, and much more.
The British Institute of International and Comparative Law continues a mission first begun in 1895: to advance the understanding of international and comparative law; to promote the rule of law in international affairs; and to promote their application through research, publications and events.
As an independent legal research institute with charitable status, unaffiliated to any university, the Institute is the only body of its sort in the UK. The Institute creates a diverse community of scholars and practitioners and serves as an unrivalled focal point for its substantial membership base.
The Legal Register service from Waterman Environmental helps businesses keep up-to-date with EHS legal requirements. Subscribers receive a monthly bulletin showing direct, indirect and forthcoming legislation which is automatically integrated into their secure online register, helping them to stay compliant and ISO 14001 / OHSAS 18001 certified. The consultant-supported service includes an assessment of how each item of legislation is applicable.
A financial services initiative aiming at better environmental, social and governance policies through shared investment research.