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) currently works on the updating of its Manual on Human Rights and the Environment as a 3rd edition, as well as in the elaboration of 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 2021. This work is entrusted with the CDDH Drafting Group on Human Rights and Environment (CDDH-ENV).

Proceedings of the High-level Conference "Environmental Protection and Human Rights" on 27 February 2020 with the Manual on Human Rights and the Environment (2nd edition/2012)
 
 
Council of Europe webpage "Protecting the environment using human rights law"
 

1st meeting, 28-30 April 2021
 Meeting report
 Addendum to the Meeting report - Draft Manual on Human Rights and the Environment 3rd edition "Principles emerging from the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights and from the conclusions and decisions of the European Committee on Social Rights"
 Draft agenda

The Workshop on Environment, Human Rights and Business: A framework for addressing environmental protection challenges, organised by the CDDH under the aegis of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers took place on 27 April.
 Programme  Video

2nd meeting, 8-10 September 2021