The Core Team consists of representatives from seven national TAI coalitions – Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme Cameroon (BDCPC) (Cameroon), Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental (CEDA) (Ecuador), Iniciativa de Acceso - Mexico (Mexico), Ateneo School of Government (Philippines), Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE) (India), Friends of the Irish Environment (Ireland), The Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG) (Kenya) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) (USA). The Core Team has three main areas of responsibility within TAI. First, the Core Team contributes to TAI policy making. Second, the Core Team provides support to TAI activities at the regional and national levels. Third, the Core Team provides support to the functioning of the global TAI network. In practice, the roles played by Core Team members vary across regions.
Support to TAI Global The Core Team provides support to the development of guidelines and policies for TAI´s development on such issues as strategic directions and long- and medium-term goals, internal and external decision-making mechanisms, review of assessments, selection and participation of new members and guiding the initiative’s relationship to PP10.
- Providing guidance to TAI network about TAI’s long-term goals and strategies as well as about the concrete shorter-term work plans
- Encouraging the expansion of the TAI network and supporting coalition building at global level through widespread electronic dissemination, participation in national, regional, and international meetings, and publication of TAI material and results
- Identifying funds for national assessments and national outreach activities, in conjunction with their national coalitions and the related regional partners
- Carrying out and support global outreach activities
Support to National Coalitions The Core Team provides guidance, direction, and support to the national coalitions of non-governmental organizations that apply the TAI methodology and to the broader Access Initiative network.
- Conducting research and outreach activities to raise awareness of the Access Initiative and promote Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration
- Reviewing the TAI methodology and working collectively to improve it in light of new experiences and input
- Supporting coalition-building at the national level and encouraging continuous re-application of the methodology by national coalitions that understand the importance of both the assessment and of taking a collaborative approach to working with governments to improve access based on the TAI results
- Performing a quality control function by reviewing assessments that carry the “TAI” label – including recruiting reviewers and coordinating participants in the reviews – to ensure that the methodology has been appropriately applied and working with coalitions to address any possible concerns
Support of TAI Network Operation The members of the Core Team also have individual responsibilities to the other members of the Team and to the Secretariat.
- Working as regional coordinators to represent the Core Team in the region as well as the region’s coalitions in the Core Team, acting as a liaison between national coalitions and the Secretariat, facilitating coordination among national coalitions, and ensuring that feedback from the regions is incorporated into Core Team discussions
- Actively participating in TAI Core Team Meetings, PP10 CoW meetings, telephone calls, and email exchanges