Panama adopts a law that recognizes the rights of Nature
Panama joins Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, New Zealand, among other countries, that have reformed constitutions, enacted laws, or issued court rulings, recognizing legal rights of Nature.
Law 287 of February 24 defines Nature as “a unique, indivisible and self-regulated community of living beings, elements and interdependent ecosystems that sustains, contains and reproduces all beings”.
The new legislation includes six paragraphs of rights extended to Nature, including the “right to exist, persist and regenerate its life cycles”, the “right to conserve its biodiversity” and the “right to be restored after having been directly affected”. or indirectly by any human action or activity”. Said law will enter into force one year after its publication in the Official Gazette of Panama.
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Ley 287 de 24 de febrero de 2022, que reconoce los derechos de la Naturaleza y las obligaciones del Estado relacionadas con estos derechos. Gaceta Oficial Digital, jueves 24 de febrero de 2022, No. 29484-A