Panama Enacts a Rights of Nature Law, Guaranteeing the Natural World’s ‘Right to Exist, Persist and Regenerate’

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  • Panama’s National Assembly recently signed a legislation that defines nature as “a unique, indivisible and self-regulating community of living beings, elements and ecosystems interrelated to each other that sustains, contains and reproduces all beings.”
  • This legislation also requires that Panama’s government respects the rights of nature in all of their plans, policies and programs.
  • Panama now joins other countries (including New Zealand, Bangladesh, Brazil) that has issued court decisions, enacted laws or amended constitutions which recognize the legal rights of nature.

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