April 14, 2015

Ignoring the institutions that can save India’s coastal regions

by Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli and Meenakshi Kapoor in Environment OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Since November 2014 there have been at least four amendments to India’s Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011. In all but one instance, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has emphasised on the “public interest” clause, allowing the dispensation of the requirement of a public notice and seeking citizen’s inputs before the…

March 17, 2015

Call for New Partners: Community Land Protection

by Marena Brinkhurst in Community Land Protection, Environment, Namati News LEMU staff David Arach interviews community mobilizers in Uganda

Namati is looking for new partners to adapt our approach to support communities in their regions. Drawing on five years of research and field-testing, Namati and our partners have designed a powerful four-step process for protecting community lands and natural resources. Our approach supports communities to map their resources, harmonize boundaries, and formally register their…

March 4, 2015

Oxfam on India’s proposed new land acquisition ordinance

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources hills

There has been uproar in India’s parliament and among civil society groups following the government’s proposal to replace the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCLARR). RFCLARR was enacted in 2013 replacing the land acquisition policies prevalent in the country since 1894. A year later, the Government of…

March 2, 2015

Under Which Law?

by Kanchi Kohli in Community Land Protection, Environment, Land & Natural Resources landscape-644922_640

Originally published on the MyLaw.new blog, Namati’s Kanchi Kohli examines a representation of a village’s response when the gram sabha’s consent is sought for a mining project. The story is a part-fictionalized account that brings together real experiences with Gram Sabhas (village assemblies) in various different contexts. So the names of the village, panchayat and the characters have all…

December 5, 2014

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Multimedia, Post-2015 Agenda Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 10.31.13 AM

A day after Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General, presented justice as one of the six central themes which he believes the countries of the world should base the new sustainable development goals around, we want to share this video from our friends at the World Resources Institute. It beautifully shows how fundamental access to justice is for sustainable development, human…

December 2, 2014

The Good & Bad of Environmental Law Reform in India

by Manju Menon & Kanchi Kohli in Environment, Governance Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.07.28

In India, a High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has submitted its report to the environment minister, Prakash Javadekar, following its review of six of India’s major environmental laws. Some of the laws date back to the 1920s and the report offered an opportunity to strengthen the…

November 6, 2014

Targeting Illegal Mining in India’s Forests

by kanchikohli in Environment Mail Attachment

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli explains how public interest litigation finally forced the authorities to act against illegal iron ore mines in the forests of Odisha. 27 October 2014 – The discourse around iron and steel in India has taken a huge political turn since 2007. In 2007, the Karnataka state government, while recognising the problem of rampant illegal…

September 30, 2014

Namati’s Paralegals at Work

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Land Protection, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Health, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Women

We have produced a brochure about the impact of our work around the world. It features photographs of the paralegals who are making a difference to some of the world’s great justice issues.

July 29, 2014

Secure Forest Rights Help Combat Climate Change

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 17.15.27

A new report from the global environmental research organisation, World Resources Institute, finds that strengthening communities’ forest rights reduces emissions and deforestation. Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change analyzes the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This report makes a strong case for strengthening…

July 29, 2014

Namati Objects to WB ‘Turning Back Clock” on Land Rights

by Namati in Community Land Protection, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

Namati has joined with a group of civil society organizations to object to proposed policy changes at the World Bank that will weaken protections for indigenous people when the Bank funds development projects.

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