June 15, 2015

Report: CZMAs and Coastal Environments

by Manju Menon in Environment, Namati News, Resources & Research AWA2015001M0309-6408

Namati’s Environmental Justice Program and its Indian partner, the Centre for Policy Research, have completed a three year study of India’s Coastal Zone Management Authorities. The report highlights weaknesses in the functioning of India’s oldest and most important environmental protection system. Coastal Zone Management Authorities (CZMAs) were first constituted in all coastal states of India in 1998. This…

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 Kanchi Kohli 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 31, 2014

India’s Quest for Power

by Kanchi Kohli in Environment India-Chimneys

Namati’s Kanchi Kohli on how India’s ‘balance’ of industrialisation and ecological protection actually looks at the ground level. “The lives of people living in coastal or forest ecosystems are likely to change drastically if one is to go by the number of power plants going up in India today. Each company seeking permission to operate a coal mine…