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Environmental Governance Institute (EGI)

EGI works mainly with forest-dependent communities in the Southwest Region of Cameroon. We train them on land rights, access to natural resources royalties such as forest and mining royalties, etc.

Presence in: Cameroon
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights

The Environmental Governance Institute (EGI) is a non-denominational, politically unaffiliated organization that was registered in 2012 in Cameroon (Registration No. 541/G.37/D14/1/Vol5/SAAJP). EGI’s mission is to reform environmental governance in Cameroon. We use a rights-based approach to carry out activities which empower people to change power relations around resource use, foster social justice, seek alternative livelihood strategies, and advocate for policies that increase access to and benefits from natural resources.

People Associated With This Organization

John Manyitabot Takang

Cameroon  
Environmental Governance Institute (EGI)
Joined February 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
John holds a BSc. in Environmental and Resource Management from the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus and MSc. in Environmental Sciences specializing in international environmental law and governance from the University of Cologne-Germany. He equally holds Diploma in Sustainability Studies from the Baltic University at Uppsala-Sweden. He is Founder and Executive Director of the Environmental Governance Institute (EGI). John is a member of Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLAS) and the African Good Governance Network (AGGN) among other networks and professional affiliations. He has a keen interest in the legal empowerment of local communities a means to ensuring their meaningful engagement in and equitable benefits from natural resources management initiatives such as communities around national parks, commercial logging concessions, mining concessions and those around large agro-industrial complexes.
John Manyitabot Takang is the network champion (main point of contact) for Environmental Governance Institute (EGI).

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