The interconnection between the protection of human rights and environment is fostered through the obligations of the member States under the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter, the steady development of the case-law by the European Court of Human Rights and of the conclusions and decisions of the European Committee of Social Rights as well as the increasing number of cases before national courts. Bearing this in mind, the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) has published an updated version of its Manual on Human Rights and the Environment as a 3rd edition and is currently preparing a draft non-binding instrument in this field, to be transmitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe by the end of 2022. This work is entrusted with the CDDH Drafting Group on Human Rights and Environment (CDDH-ENV).

At it 1444th meeting, on 27 September 2022, the Committe of Ministers adopted the Recommendation CM/Rec(2022)20 to member States on human rights and the protection of the environment 

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