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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Protection of the Environment

Lana Ofak

Environment and energy policy — Environmental rights — Fundamental rights

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Environment is defined as surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates. The environment in which we live provides us with basic necessities for living and achieving progress. Adequate protection of the environment is essential to human well-being and the enjoyment of basic human rights, including the right to life itself. Environment that is appropriate for health and well-being of present and future generations is essential for the survival of humanity. Every human activity has an impact on the environment, and the...
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