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Conference on "Law on Biodiversity, Nature Conservation, and Cultural Heritage Protection in the Middle East and North African Region".

by Salam Al-Zahran

Organizers, partners, and sponsors of the conference are, a.o., UNDP, SADER, KAS Rule of Law Programme MENA, ASSELLMU, the Jordanian Society for Climate and Sustainable Development, and the Al-Khataibeh Center.

On February 27 and 28, 2023, a workshop in cooperation with the Rule of Law Program Middle East and North Africa of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Association of Environmental Law Lectures in Middle East and North African Universities took place in Amman, Jordan.

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The first day started with a welcome remark of:

E. Prof. (Dr.) Nathir Obeidat, President, University of Jordan

Patricia Mbote SC, Director, Law Division, United Nations Environment Programme

Philipp Bremer, Director, Rule of Law Programme, Middle East and North Africa, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V.

Rany Sader, Chief Legal Innovation Officer, SADER Publishing

Damilola Olawuyi, SAN, Professor of Law and UNESCO Chair on Environmental Law and Sustainable Development, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Doha, Qatar; President and Chair, ASSELLMU

Followed by a keynote speech by Mrs. Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Then the first workshop tackled "The Context and Current Status of the Teaching and Practice of Biodiversity and Environmental Law in the MENA Region".

After the first workshop, a keynote about the tenets and principles of environmental law on the conservation of biodiversity, wildlife, and natural resources for future generations talked about how environmental law incorporates tenets and principles for the conservation of biodiversity, wildlife, and natural resources for future generations, including the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle.

The second workshop discussed the "International Environmental Rule of Law on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation". The workshop focused on the idea that the International Environmental Rule of Law on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation is an essential framework for promoting the protection and conservation of the world's biodiversity and natural resources.

The second day started with an introduction and a keynote about the pedagogical methodologies for environmental law education. Afterwards, the third workshop was entitled "Innovative Mechanisms for Biodiversity and Nature Conservation".

The fourth workshop, entitled "Strengthening Environmental Legal Education on Biodiversity and Nature Conservation: Future Directions", focused on the idea that strengthening environmental legal education on biodiversity and nature conservation is crucial in building a generation of legal professionals who are equipped to address the challenges facing our planet. It requires a collaborative effort between law schools, other academic disciplines, and the wider community.

The second day ended with closing remarks and dissemination of conference certificates.

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Salam Al-Zahran

Salam Al-Zahran

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Salam.Alzahran@kas.de +961 1 385 094 | +961 1 395 094

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