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PUAD642/EVPP642: Environmental Policy

A resource guide for students in Todd Laporte's Environmental Policy course

Environmental Science Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases

Environmental Policy Resources

  •   ECOLEX is a database providing a global source of information on environmental law. It is operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP.
  • GlobaLex   International law research by country, published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law
  • Environmental Law Institute   Information and advocacy on law and policy for the environment.  Topics cover climate & energy, environmental governance,environmental health, freshwater and ocean, international programs and land and biodiversity.

Environmental Science Policy links

  • EcoLex  A database providing the most comprehensive, global source of information on environmental law. It is operated jointly by FAO, IUCN and UNEP.
  • Faolex  A multilingual team summarizes and in many cases translates laws and regulations on topics falling within FAO's mandate - agriculture, cultivated plants, environment, fisheries, food, forestry, land and soil, livestock, water and wild species and ecosystems. Legal information is received by FAO from Member Nations pursuant to Article XI of the FAO Constitution.
  • Environmental Performance Index (EPI) The EPI utilizes a proximity-to-target methodology focused on a core set of environmental outcomes linked to policy goals.
  • EPA Policy & Guidance  Policy documents represent EPA's official interpretation or view of specific issues. Guidance documents are published to further clarify regulations and to assist in implementation of environmental regulations.

  • National Environmental Policy Act  NEPA of 1969 was created to ensure federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of their actions and decisions. Federal agencies are required to systematically assess the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and consider alternative ways of accomplishing their missions, which are less damaging to and protective of the environment.