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The 2014 Environment Law Talks commenced with a two-day workshop on ‘Mainstreaming Environmental Justice’ in Cebu, Philippines in co-operation with the University of Cebu.
The workshop aimed to gather select stakeholders from the Bench, the prosecutorial system, Office of the Ombudsman, local government units and government agencies, non-government organizations, people’s organizations, academia and business sector.
It sought to gather perspectives from various stakeholders on the state of the natural life support systems, and climate change impacts, to enhance the capacity of the members of the Bench and the prosecutorial arm of the government to be more motivated and effective in their role as defenders of justice.
It also provided the platform for discourse and finding solutions on the issues affecting the integrity of ecosystems, including climate change, and the health and livelihoods of people and their right to participation and access to information in communities especially against those hosting polluting industries and unsustainable projects.
Lastly, it assessed the gains obtained from the implementation of the Rules of various Environment statutes in the Philippines and to propose recommendations to strengthen them.