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Environmental justice is the last line of defence for the environment. In the run-up to the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP15), ClientEarth has compiled a selection of ten landmark cases for biodiversity from around the world.
1. China: Habitat of Green Peacock Saved from Hydroelectric Dam
2. Brazil: Landowners are Now Liable for Using Illegally Deforested Land
3. Colombia: Deforestation in the Amazon - a Violation of Fundamental Rights
4. Costa Rica: Investigation into Pesticides that Harm Bees
5. Belgium: Traders in Protected Bird Species Sentenced
6. Finland: Wolf Hunting Declared Illegal
7. Australia: Local Community and NGO Stop Coal Mining Expansion
8. Tanzania: Road Construction in the Serengeti National Park Rejected
9. The Philippines: Oil Exploration in the Tañon Strait Stopped
10. India: Asiatic Lions Gain Another Foothold
We hope the stories of these ten landmark cases will help leaders understand the power of litigation, and inspire legal professionals around the world to take action.