Helping the environment gain its rights
50 environmental associations recognised as per Environmental Appeals Act
The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) recognised the 50th environmental association in July, thereby granting it the right to appeal. There are now 50 environmental associations throughout the country that are entitled to the special rights to file action provided for in the German Environmental Appeals Act (UmwRG) and act as advocates of the environment in a court of law. These associations can now have certain official decisions reviewed by a court of law as to their compliance with environmental regulations. ”The associations’ right to take action against statutory environmental violations will counteract any shortcomings in the execution of environmental law—and this will promote environmental protection”, said UBA Vice President Dr. Thomas Holzmann.