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Impacting Legislation and National and Local Policies
Impacting Legislation and National and Local Policies

One of the essential requisites of conserving nature in general and wildlife in particular is proper environmental legislation. Fortunately, Article 50 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran explicitly asserts the need for protecting the environment and the future generations’ rights thereof. Much past legislation has also been ratified in support of environmental protection; nevertheless, there is a dire need for more effective legislation given changes that have occurred in the entire natural expanses of Iran. More importantly, we need to keep watch and try to challenge laws and executive orders that might compromise our country’s already challenged ecosystem.
PWHF sees itself as a major ally of the country’s main custodian of the environment — the Department of Environment. Along with other environmental groups, we are resolutely trying to feed authorities and members of the Iranian parliament with pertinent information and scientific reports to help them formulate and enact proper legislation and abstain from ratifying laws that are in conflict with environmental protection.
We also do our utmost to have an impact on policies at the local level by providing information and giving proper counsel to regional decision makers. They need to be reminded, time and again, of the importance of sustainability in developmental policies. Unbridled development with no regard for sustainability has wreaked havoc throughout the world. Using the pretext of industrial, agricultural, or infrastructural development and for the sake of immediate benefits or a temporary increase in production, we have not only jeopardized our own resources but also made it extremely difficult for all living species on our planet to maintain their livelihood. Unsustainable development is indeed an encroachment on the rights of future generations and all living life on this land. We want to make sure that our authorities realize that our natural resources, be they renewable or non-renewable, should not be treated carelessly. Most our resources can always remain renewable if properly utilized, and we have no right to exhaust them in a short time and during the life span of a single generation.