We at CELDF were excited to be able to read the full decision of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador upholding the rights of the Los Cedros Forest over a mining project and we are sharing that decision with you in both English and Spanish. We want to thank the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) for partnering with CELDF to translate this landmark decision into English.

This is a landmark decision because it is not only explicit in the language of upholding the Rights of Nature, but it demonstrates what it looks like in legal language to uphold the rights of a forest over a corporate project. It is our hope that this decision provides judges around the globe with a framework and precedent when deciding cases that come before them concerning the Rights of Nature.

The Ecuadorian ruling is a lengthy decision and we recognize that not everyone has the time or capacity to read 120 pages of legal writing, so we pulled out some excerpts and highlights in this separate document to give you a flavor of what the decision says.

CELDF recently hosted a webinar, Putting Our Heads in the Clouds: Landmark Decision in Ecuador Points to Protection over Exploitation, and the feedback received has prompted us to plan more Rights of Nature conversations in the future. You can help us shape the content of these webinars by completing this short survey.

Let’s continue to work together to build real protections for the beautiful Earth we all call home.

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