Climate change law welcomed

24 March 2018

On 15 March, the Peruvian Congress unanimously approved the Climate Change Law, making it the fourth country in Latin America and the Caribbean to have one. This law in principle strengthens governance on climate policy.

The civil society organisation Derecho, Ambiente and Recursos Naturales (DAR) welcomed the news and urged authorities to fully comply with it. DAR now hopes the law will become a key instrument in tackling deforestation, a major driving force of climate change.

DAR welcomes the involvement of regional governments in the management of environmental policies to tackle climate change and their commitment to undertake a climate risk and vulnerability analysis in public and private investment, subject to the National Environmental Impact Assessment. It hopes that this will in turn promote better understanding and contribute to sustainable development.

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