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Environment

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…

October 29, 2017

Podcast: Can Legal Empowerment Change Power Dynamics?

by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, General, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Multimedia

Access to justice is a key governance concern in developed and developing countries alike. Community legal workers aim to help poor or comparatively powerless people defend themselves against land grabs, obtain public services, and challenge corruption. Can this bottom-up approach counter powerful interests seeking to entrench their control? Can legal empowerment help respond to rising…

August 16, 2017

Passing on regulatory burdens to people is a recipe for disaster

by Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli in Environment

In the following opinion piece, Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli of the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program offer their thoughts on India’s environmental regulation plans. The article was originally published on India’s DNA news website. India’s environmental regulatory failure is now official. Activists and environmental groups had pointed to this much earlier but now all governmental…

August 10, 2017

Special Blog Series on Coastal Regulations in India

by Namati in Environment

Impending legislation changes in India are set to significantly impact coastal communities. In response, the CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program has launched the “Coastal Regulation” blog series. The series will explore the proposed changes, the potential community impacts, and provide background on the current Coastal Regulation Zone Notification, 2011 to provide insight on what steps need be…

August 9, 2017

The New York Times: “India’s Barefoot Lawyers”

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment, Namati News

In the August 8th copy of the New York Times,  Pulitzer Prize-winning writer TINA ROSENBERG captured the work of paralegals working for environmental justice in India. An Excerpt follows below. The full Article CAN BE READ here. BOGRIBAIL, India — A David and Goliath story: Two years ago, a road-construction company called IRB Infrastructure Developers established…

August 2, 2017

Holding a Municipality Accountable

by Hasmukh Dhumadiya in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

This blog was written by Hasmukh Dhumadiya, an Enviro-legal Coordinator with the CPR-Namati Environmental Justice Program in India. It was originally published on India Together, an electronic newsmagazine devoted to coverage of public affairs, policy, and development in India. Bakshipunch Housing Society is located in Arambhada in the district of Devbhumi Dwarka in the western Indian…

June 25, 2017

Biting the Dust: How community action stopped a polluting refinery

by Jayendrasinh Ker in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Environment

The following blog WAS written by Jayendrasinh Ker, an Enviro Legal Coordinator with the CPR-Namati Environment Justice Program in India. IT was originally published on myLaw, an online platform dedicated to making legal knowledge and learning accessible to everyone in India through quality content and courses. Dineshbhai’s mobile number has its ringer off. But before that,…

June 19, 2017

Saving Sangam from Mining

by Vijay Rathod in Environment

The following post originally appeared on India Water Portal. There was illegal mining in the Triveni Sangam and I could not believe my eyes. Who could do something like this? The sangam, or confluence of rivers, in the Gujarat district of India, has a special place in my mind as I had grown up visiting…

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