Journal article

The landmark Escazu Agreement: An opportunity to integrate democracy, human rights, and transboundary conservation

Sofia Lopez-Cubillos, Lina Munoz-Avila, Leslie A Roberson, Andres F Suarez-Castro, Jose Manuel Ochoa-Quintero, Renato Crouzeilles, Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao, Jonathan Rhodes, Wolfram Dressler, Maria Jose Martinez-Harms, Rebecca K Runting



Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is one of the world's most biodiverse regions, but this diversity is threatened by the overexploitation of natural resources and internal social conflicts. In 2018, 33 LAC countries were invited to sign and ratify the landmark Escazú Agreement, which is the first legally binding environmental agreement to explicitly integrate human rights with environmental matters. The agreement outlines an approach to enhance the protection of environmental defenders, increase public participation in environmental decision-making, and foster cooperation among countries for biodiversity conservation. However, clear mechanisms to implement the ideals of the Agreement are..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award

Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

SLC was supported by the doctoral fellowship award from COLCIENCIAS (No. 728) and the University of Queensland Research Training program. RKR was supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DE210100492). EGC is supported by a David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship. JRR was supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (FT200100096). Some figures were produced in from Creative Commons. We thank two anonymous reviewers for their comments on the manuscript.