The network »Environmental Defenders« offers legal counselling and expert support to NGOs and civil initiatives in the field of environmental protection, nature conservation and spatial planning. It is operated by the Legal-Informational Centre for NGOs, Slovenia – PIC, which has the status of acting in the public interest in environmental protection on national level.
The scope of environmental law in Slovenia is extensive and scattered between many laws and regulations, which makes it hard to apply and reflects in the modest case law. NGOs and civil initiatives are trying to achieve their objectives mainly with activist tools or different media presure tools. For effective environmental protection it is, moreover, necessary to use all available legal remedies.
Practical cases where environmental counselling and legal aid is required are demanding because normative regulations is extremely large and difficult to manage. Environmental protection covers half of EU legislation which sets majority of the content of national legislation in fileds of environmental protection and spatial planning. Therefore problems cannot be solved without cooperation between lawyers and expert professionals (biologists, chemists, physicists, spatial planners, etc.). In our work we combine their skills with knowledge from other environmental NGO’s joined in a network of Plan B, Mreža za prostor and Justice & Environment. The wide and combined approach will allow us to think and react more efficiently and with a goal to reach long-term structural changes.