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For many aspects of international law, states-which are its primary subjects-are the only actors involved: one may think of treaty law, of the creation of customary international law, of the rules governing international relations, or even that of international organizations. Environmental protection tends to maintain and protect existing situations, such as the quality of water and air, the survival of certain wild species, and the integrity of ecosystems. As for the composition of international environmental law, in general there are two sets of norms, the legal status of which is the same, but whose practical application can be different. In sum, like national environmental law systems, international environmental law contributes to the recognition of the role of individuals in the life of the human community and the understanding of a global solidarity, even when local or regional interests are at stake.

Keywords: ecosystems; international environmental law; international law; international organizations



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