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Environment

June 5, 2019

Q&A: Putting law in people’s hands to demand environmental justice in the United States

by Alayna Chuney in Environment

Historically, the U.S. environmental movement has focused on litigation and high-level advocacy. The communities who bear the greatest burden of harm who are mostly poor and of color—have had little opportunity to use the law themselves. In 2018, Namati recruited our first crew of legal empowerment advocates. In 2019, we’re working with this group to…

June 4, 2019

Q&A: Legal empowerment as a beacon for environmental justice in Sierra Leone

by Daniel Sesay in Environment

To spur economic growth, the government of Sierra Leone has been aggressively courting large-scale agriculture and mining investments. These have often led to the exploitation of communities and environmental devastation. Namati supports communities to protect customary land rights, challenge land grabs, remedy environmental harm, and, if they wish, negotiate fair deals with investors. This Q&A…

June 3, 2019

Q&A: How legal empowerment advances environmental justice in India

by Vidya Viswanathan in Environment, General

In India, mining, industrial development, and other private and public projects damage the environment and endanger the livelihoods of local communities. Despite robust laws on the books, there is a very poor record of compliance. Paralegals on the Centre for Policy Research-Namati environmental justice team support communities to understand and use the law to find…

September 5, 2018

New Guides Help Communities to Negotiate Fair Contracts with Investors

by Namati, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

WASHINGTON, DC — With investors increasingly turning to more remote locations for the establishment of forestry, agribusiness, mining, and infrastructure projects, it is critical that communities worldwide gain a practical understanding of contract negotiations, according to two new guides by Namati and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI).   Launched today, the Community-Investor Negotiation…

August 31, 2018

Paralegals share lessons learned on holding community legal trainings

by Centre for Policy Research-Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment An enviro-legal coordinator holds a community legal training in Kasalagadde, India.

Paralegals with Namati and the Centre for Policy Research’s joint environmental justice program (who are called ‘enviro-legal coordinators’ or ELCs for short) have now conducted close to 75 community trainings on India’s Coastal Regulation Zone Notification in Uttara Kannada district. Last month, one of the program’s senior managers, Meenakshi Kapoor, held calls with senior ELCs…

August 30, 2018

New Report Pushes Back Against Global Land Rush

by CPR-Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Network Dispatch

After three years of intensive research, we are thrilled to launch Midcourse Manoeuvers: Community Strategies and Remedies for Natural Resource Conflicts in India, Indonesia, and Myanmar, a groundbreaking resource for frontline practitioners working with communities affected by land use change. It’s no secret that corporations and private investors, eager to turn a profit, are fueling the land…

May 18, 2018

Public is absent in India’s environmental policymaking

by Namati in Environment, Governance, Namati News

“Public participation [in policymaking] is a sign of a healthy democracy,” yet with very narrow timeframes to participate, the public is crucially absent in environmental policymaking in India, writes Kanchi Kohli, CPR-Namati Legal Research Director on Environmental Justice, in this DNA India op-ed.

May 13, 2018

Op-ed: Unrestrained resource exploitation in Sierra Leone is a “dangerous gamble”

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

In an op-ed in the Sierra Express Media, Sonkita Conteh, Director of Namati Sierra Leone, calls “unrestrained resource exploitation” in Sierra Leone a “dangerous gamble,” and calls on the new government to commit to environmental regulation that puts people ahead of profits, and justice ahead of development.

January 12, 2018

TED Talk: How to Put the Power of Law in People’s Hands

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, General, Multimedia

In August, Namati’s CEO and founder, Vivek Maru, spoke about the global epidemic of injustice from the TEDGlobal stage in Arusha — and proposed a way to fight it together. TED has now added the video recording of the talk to their website. Within four days, almost half a million people from around the world had…

November 28, 2017

New Environmental Justice Program in Indonesia

by Namati in Environment, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News

Massive transformations of forests and small farms for the use of agri-businesses, extractive industries, and infrastructure projects have been occurring in Indonesia since its independence. In Central Kalimantan, the third-largest province of the Borneo-part of Indonesia, 78% of the land has been taken over by oil-palm plantations and extractive industries. The province has also been…

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