Anna Heslop is head of our wildlife team. She has worked at the RSPB, the Woodland Trust and the European Commission. She joined ClientEarth to work on our clean air case against the UK government and now focuses on defending wild places like Europe’s oldest forest, Bialowieza.
ClientEarth’s environmental lawyers are warning national governments that only strong national laws can properly protect forests, store carbon emissions and ensure the livelihood of forest-dependent communities, in response to today’s land use report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Following widespread criticism in recent years, reforms of the controversial arbitration mechanism are underway at international level.
On 30 January 2019, the High Court of Bangladesh recognized the river Turag as a living entity with legal rights and held that the same would apply to all rivers in Bangladesh. This monumental decision is the latest example of a trend towards according rights to nature.