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Booklet CoverLast week was an important one at the Galapagos office of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Two activities of the legal project were executed: The presentation of a booklet on penal environmental legislation, and the organization of an introductory course on environmental law.

The legal booklet compiles the legal framework applied to environmental crimes in Galapagos. It includes a recently adopted by-law that complements the Penal Code in the application of environmental crimes against marine wildlife. It was launched on May 10th, in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) and on May 11th, in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island).

The legal booklet was produced with the Direction of the Galapagos National Park, to inform enforcement officers and the community about recently adopted rules that consolidate penal protection to all marine species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. These rules integrate legal inputs provided by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, specifically on sharks.

Local media informed about this initiative, highlighting its relevance to law enforcement in Galapagos.

Course CoverThe introductory course on environmental law was directed to law students of Galapagos, as well as public officers of State agencies with jurisdiction on conservation matters. The 16 hour-course was held in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) on May 12, 13 and 14, 2016, and focused on environmental law enforcement and constitutional foundations of environmental law.

The course was organized with the Galapagos Governing Council and was instructed by two legal experts: Oscar Cortez Casierra and Ricardo Crespo Plaza.

Hugo Echeverria of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, lead the organization of both activities and said that it was the outcome of hard work in favor of Galapagos: ?Both activities were welcome by the community and authorities, which reflects the growing recognition of the importance of environmental law in Galapagos?.

Local media also informed about this initiative, highlighting its importance to build local environmental leadership. 

The Galapagos legal project (Proyecto derecho penal ambiental y conservacion en Galapagos) is on its sixth year of operation; time in which it has consolidated as a pioneering and solid initiative on cooperation to improve environmental law enforcement.

Booklet Presentation in Santa Cruz

Attendants to the Course

 

Booklet CoverLa semana pasada fue importante para la oficina de Galapagos Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Dos actividades del proyecto derecho penal ambiental llegaron a su punto culminante con la presentacion de una publicacion sobre legislacion ambiental y la organizacion de un curso introductorio al derecho penal.

El folleto COIP es una publicacion que compila la normativa penal ambiental aplicable en las areas naturales protegidas de Galapagos; particularmente una norma tecnica de aplicacion de los delitos ambientales tipificados en el Codigo Organico Integral Penal, que abarca delitos contra las especies marinas protegidas. Fue presentado el 10 de mayo en Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz; y, el 11 de mayo en Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Isla San Cristobal, ante representantes de varias instituciones publicas de la provincia.

El folleto COIP fue producido junto con la Direccion del Parque Nacional Galapagos, con el objetivo de difundir la normativa ambiental recientemente expedida, que consolida la proteccion penal de todas las especies marinas dentro de la Reserva Marina de Galapagos, a la que Sea Shepherd Conservation Society aporto con criterios juridicos sobre los tiburones.

La prensa insular informo acerca de esta iniciativa, resaltando su importancia para la aplicacion del derecho ambiental en Galapagos.

Course CoverEl curso introductorio al derecho ambiental fue dirigido a estudiantes de derecho de la provincia de Galapagos y, tambien, a servidores publicos de instituciones con competencias en temas de conservacion de la provincia. El curso tuvo una duracion de 16 horas y se realizo en Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, los dias 12, 13 y 14 de mayo de 2016. El curso abordo los fundamentos constitucionales del derecho ambiental y se concentro en temas relativos a la aplicacion de la ley ambiental en Galapagos.

El curso introductorio se organizo junto con el Consejo de Gobierno del Regimen Especial para la Provincia de Galapagos y fue impartido por dos expertos en la materia: Oscar Cortez Casierra y Ricardo Crespo Plaza.

Hugo Echeverria, de Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, lidero la organizacion de estos eventos y senalo que son el fruto de un arduo trabajo en pro de la conservacion en Galapagos. ?Ambas actividades tuvieron gran acogida de la comunidad y autoridades, lo que refleja el progresivo reconocimiento de la importancia del tema, en el ambito insular?.

Los medios de informacion tambien informaron esta actividad, resaltando su importancia para la formacion de lideres de la comunidad.

El proyecto derecho penal ambiental y conservacion en Galapagos va por su sexto ano de ejecucion, tiempo en el que se ha consolidado como una pionera iniciativa de cooperacion en la materia, en Galapagos. 

All photos: Hugo Echeverria - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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