LEGAL ACTION ON BIODIVERSITY
Biodiversity legal activity is currently ‘opportunistic’ and region/resource-specific, with activities mainly concentrated in the U.S., and Europe - meaning it is often dismissed and ignored.
Critically, litigation is often the only lever for influence, and when not attached to a wider and sophisticated communications or campaigning machinery it is simple to bury.
Strategic legal action would aim to unblock structural barriers and drive transformational change, as winning a case or legal action not only causes behavioural change for those impacted, but also sets wider precedent and law. Coordinated law cases, legal campaigns, communications and growing knowledge will all help both to create a positive legal system and a “shadow of liability” to drive action by governments and corporates.
F4B are working to outline strategic priorities on sectors and geographies where legal action might create non-linear impacts to restore and protect biodiversity. The strategy development is a collaborative process which enables Practitioners to co-produce the strategy with F4B, and will facilitate the emergence of strategic partnerships.