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London, United Kingdom
Joined March 2014
Presence in: United Kingdom

ClientEarth is a European environmental law organisation, composed of lawyers, scientists and policy experts who create practical solutions to key environmental challenges.

We believe in the equal right of all to live in a healthy environment. This right is in its infancy and still fragile; like all fundamental human rights, it must be defended vigorously.

We work on laws throughout their lifetime, from conception to legislation and implementation, including by reinforcing citizens and communities’ legal empowerment. We also work to enforce laws when governments fail to do so.

We believe the law is a tool for positive social and environmental change.

People Associated With This Organization

Benjamin Ichou

United Kingdom  
ClientEarth (Unverified)
Joined January 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice
Benjamin joined ClientEarth London office as a legal research in December 2015.

Benjamin holds a double degree in Law and Political Science from the Université Lyon-III, and a Masters in Environmental Law from the Université Paris-Sud. Amongst other things, Benjamin volunteered for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition in Harare, working on the constitutional reform process in 2010, and on good governance and sustainable development issues. Benjamin also gained firsthand experience as a legal researcher, working as a Junior Environment, Health and Safety consultant at Enhesa – a market leader in global environmental, health and safety compliance assurance.

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Nathalie Faure

United Kingdom  
Joined March 2014
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Nathalie is a Senior Law and Policy adviser at ClientEarth, in charge of implementing forest governance projects in West and Central Africa. She works with local NGOs and indigenous people representatives to support their participation to forest-related forums (VPAs, REDD+) and legal reforms and strengthen communities' rights. She focuses on strengthening communities rights to natural resources, as well as legal logging, land tenure, forest conversion, benefit sharing, etc.

Nathalie also leads ClientEarth's work on community forestry, carrying out research and legal empowerment activities to gain a greater (legal) recognition of communities rights to manage forest areas.

In the past past, Nathalie advised various institutions and NGOS, such as the UN Peacekeeping Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), or the African Wildlife Foundation, where she focused on human rights, the rule of law, access to justice and gender issues.

She holds an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and a Masters in Public International Law from the University of Paris II Assas.

Her interest lies in sharing experiences and learning from successful initiatives around the world on involving local people in the management of natural resources.

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Tanja Venisnik

United Kingdom  
Joined April 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer based in London and I specialise in human rights and the environment. I am currently working as a Law and Policy Advisor for ClientEarth's Forests & Climate Programme, focusing on providing legal support and legal capacity building to civil society and communities in the Republic of Congo. I'd like to join the network to keep informed about what other organisations are doing and to develop best approaches for our community legal empowerment work.
Nathalie Faure is the network champion (main point of contact) for ClientEarth.

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