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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Linking Tax Law and Sustainable Urban Development: The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997

James M. McElfish Jr. & Eric Feldman, Environmental Law Institute
December 1998

This report discusses the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 which changed the treatment of capital gains on home sales in an attempt to discourage exurban sprawl. This study examines the effects of former Internal Revenue Code Read More >

Ohio's Biological Diversity: Strategies and Tools for Conservation

Ohio's Biological Diversity: Strategies and Tools for Conservation

Environmental Law Institute Staff
December 1998

Public and private development and management decisions can result in degradation and losses of Ohio`s biological diversity. Sometimes these losses occur because of a lack of knowledge about the many opportunities that exist to promote conservation and restoration activities. Many individuals, companies, institutions, and government agencies could contribute substantially to protecting biological diversity if they recognized its economic value and social benefits. Read More >

Protecting Biodiversity: Legal Mechanisms Concerning Access to and Compensation for the Use of Genetic Resources in the United States of America

Susan Bass, Environmental Law Institute
December 1998

This report analyzes four key access provisions set forth in Article 15 of Convention of Biological Diversity. First, the legal status in terms of sovereignty and ownership of countries over their genetic resources. Second, the consent to allow other countries to access these resources. Third, equitable sharing of benefits from the use of genetic resources. Fourth, conservation and sustainable use of these resources. Read More >

Guiding Growth in Virginia: Local Incentives for Revitalization and Preservation

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz & Linda Breggin, Environmental Law Institute
November 1998

This report examines land-use patterns in Virginia that result in urban sprawl, high development of farmland and open space, and break-down of the community base. The study offers suggestions of how to make it cost effective for developers to build in existing communities, as well as incentives to ease pressure on rural land-owners to sell their land. Read More >

Legal Aspects of Forest Management in Mexico (English Edition)

Susan Bass, Environmental Law Institute
April 1998

Click here for this report in Spanish. Read More >