Rights of Nature (RoN) is a legal instrument that enables nature, wholly or partly, i.e. ecosystems or species, to have inherent rights and legally should have the same protection as people and corporations; that ecosystems and species have legal rights to exist, thrive and regenerate.  It enables the defense of the environment in court – not only for the benefit of people, but for the sake of nature itself. 

 

Aim of the resource: 
<p>RoN aims to protect the environment for all creatures. It inherently follows the ecocentric paradigm, where most, if not all, current environmental protection measures, are anthropocentric. RoN addresses the complex environment and development problems at the systemic level thereby ensuring true environmental protection via proactive action and effective restoration projects.</p>
Scope
Sub/region where used: 
Mesoamerica
Practical information
UN languages in which the resource is available: 
Development stage: 
Full, working product
Contact details
Contact Name (Person or group/organization): 
Darlene Lee (Executive Director), ELC; Dr. Margarita N. Lavides (Research Fellow), ELC