Earth Restorative Justice
Restorative approaches to ecological harms

Environmental pollution and the depletion of natural resources have caused great harm to our Earth and her inhabitants. This website explores if Restorative Justice can play a role in healing ecological harms.

IUCN report Restorative Justice Responses to Environmental Harm

Earth Restorative Justice has been commissioned by IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL) to write a report on Restorative Justice Responses to Environmental Harm. The report is now available, and can be downloaded here: Restorative Justice Responses to Environmental Harm.pdf.

The report explores if restorative justice offers a more inclusive way of responding to environmental harm caused by corporate offenders and leads to more satisfying outcomes, in particular for the victims and affected communities. It looks at best practices from New Zealand, Canada and Australia and describes how these practices could be relevant for IUCN's work in the global south.

It concludes that restorative justice does offer an innovative response to environmental harm in line with IUCN’s values such as collaboration, trust, nature conservation and restoration of social relationships. Moreover, restorative justice is an excellent match to IUCN’s diplomatic approach to natural resources conflicts and its role as a bridge builder between governments, businesses, CSOs and local communities. In particular, the British Columbia Community Environmental Justice Forums could serve as an example for the creation of localized environmental restorative justice pilot programs in IUCN partner countries.

The report was received positively by IUCN NL and opened the conversation for collaboration between Restorative Justice Netherlands and the environmental NGO.

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