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Ecosystem Services as a Promising Paradigm to Protect Environmental Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Latin America: the Constitutional Court Landmark Decision to Protect Arroyo Bruno in Colombia.

  • Academic Journal
  • Gómez-Betancur L; International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands.
    Vilardy Q SP; School of Management, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. s.vilardy@uniandes.edu.co.
    Torres R D; Clínica Jurídica de Medio Ambiente y Salubridad Pública, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Environmental management [Environ Manage] 2022 Apr; Vol. 69 (4), pp. 768-780. Date of Electronic Publication: 2021 May 24.
  • English
  • In the last years, the interest in ecosystem services (ESs) as a decision-making tool for environmental policy has been growing. The ES paradigm has also impacted the judicial system and in some countries the common law tradition. Experiences and lessons learned from the ES litigation have been already documented. In the initial analysis, this article aims to identify key trends in ESs case law in Latin America-a leading region in environmental constitutionalism-by exploring the judicial decisions issued by high courts and subnational environmental courts that mention or incorporate the ES term. In the second level of analysis, we focused on the Colombian Constitutional Court landmark decision; the Arroyo Bruno judgment aimed to protect the rights to water, food security, and health of the Wayuú indigenous people. We argue this is a groundbreaking ruling in Latin America, given that for the first time, a Court uses the ES-based approach to protect the environmental rights of ethnic communities, incorporating ES concepts to the constitutional law sphere and integrating into the same conversation, interdisciplinary and intercultural knowledge.
    (© 2021. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.)
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Publisher: Springer Verlag Country of Publication: United States NLM ID: 7703893 Publication Model: Print-Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1432-1009 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 0364152X NLM ISO Abbreviation: Environ Manage Subsets: MEDLINE
Publication: New York Ny : Springer Verlag
Original Publication: New York, Springer-Verlag.
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Keywords: Colombia; Ecosystem services; Environmental constitutionalism; Human rights; Indigenous peoples; Latin America
Date Created: 20210524 Date Completed: 20220419 Latest Revision: 20220419
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