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Environmental law web study launched

Dec 15, 2003

Environmental law experts have launched a study on how best to get information across to the public and business using the internet.

The aim is to address a lack of access to information which the UK Environmental Law Association fears is hampering environmental protection and good business practice.

UKELA members have teamed up with BRASS, Cardiff University’s Centre on Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society, to investigate how an e-library on environmental law would be used by the public.

“An information resource on environmental law, available electronically, would both meet an increasing public demand and help implement the thrust of European legislation on access to environmental information – the aim being to secure a better quality environment through greater public awareness and engagement”, said Andrew Wiseman, chair of UKELA.

“We see a big gap in providing information on everyday environmental law issues for the average person or small business”.

Professor Bob Lee, co-director of BRASS said: “This project would help the implementation of the Aarhus Convention in the UK over the next two years and beyond in that it promotes an active role for citizens in designing, monitoring and enforcing environmentally sound policies and legislation at the local, national and international levels”.

The scoping study is expected to take four months, with a working model being produced on one area of environmental law. Depending on the outcome, UKELA will then seek support and funding for the major task of establishing the e-library.

Notes to the editors:

1. UKELA is the UK forum, which aims to make the law work for a better environment and to improve understanding and awareness of environmental law. UKELA’s members are involved in the practice, study or formulation of Environmental Law in the UK and the European Union. It attracts both lawyers and non lawyers and has a broad membership.
2. BRASS, the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society, exists to understand and promote the key issues of sustainability, accountability and social responsiveness, through research into key business relationships. The Centre pursues a research agenda based on academic excellence, relevance to key user groups and accessibility in dissemination.

Andrew Wiseman: 020 7423 8340 mobile: 07976 258 664
Professor Bob Lee: 02920 874352 or 07786 573758
Vicki Elcoate (UKELA Executive Officer) 01306 501320

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