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African Legislation : Library Guide: Environmental law

Guide to legislation in print and online


Walmsley, B and Hussleman, S. Handbook on environmental assessment legislation in selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. 4th edition. Pretoria: Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in collaboration with the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA), December 2020.

Walmsley, Bryony, and Saphira Patel. SADC Environmental Legislation Handbook 2012. Third edition. Pretoria: Development Bank of Southern Africa, 2012.
International Comparative Legal Guides. Environment & Climate Change Laws and Regulations. The only African country included is South Africa.

United Nations Environment Programme. Judicial Handbook on Environmental Constitutionalism. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Programme, March 2017.

United Nations Environment Programme. UNEP’s Compendium of Innovative Laws: promoting Green Economy & Sustainable Development. Nairobi, Kenya: United Nations Environment Programme, 2016.


ECOLEX "The gateway to environmental law." "Operated jointly by UNEP, FAO, and IUCN."

United Nations Environment Programme. Environmental Governance. Strengthening Law and Institutions.

United Nations Environment Programme. Law and Environment Assistance Programme (UNEP-LEAP)

South Africa

Western Cape. Department of Agriculture. Green Compliance Tool: environmental legislation made easy


United Nations Environment Programme. Marine litter legislation: a toolkit for policymakers. Nairobi, Kenya: UNEP, 2016.