Over a long period of time we have been observing systemic violations of the rights on access to information, public participation in decision-making processes and access to justice in environmental matters as well as freedom of association in the EECCA region. This led to the conditions when effective implementation of the right to the environment favorable for life and health is almost impossible. The situation is worsening with the countries of the region facing the economic recession.
Representatives of 50 international, European and national environmental citizens organizations (ECOs) from 20 countries met at the European ECO Forum in Batumi on 7th of June 2016, to formulate their recommendations to the governments at the 8th UNECE European Environmental Ministers Conference, “Environment for Europe” (EfE), taking place in Batumi, 8 – 10 June 2016. We agreed on the following declaration.
We, the undersigned NGOs, here at the Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” in Batumi, Georgia, 09 June 2016, ask the European Environmental Ministersto urgently support a science-based approach via the ‘precautionary principle’, and support aninternational commercial trade ban of all polar bears parts. As an important intermediate measure, weare also calling on each country to support a full moratorium on the international commercial trade of all polar bear parts and a full moratorium on all polar bear trophy hunting driving the commercial trade. The Ministers are also each invited to join the NGOsmessage to Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and USA to support the process to designate polar bears taxa protected via CITES Appendix 1