The environment and human well-being are inextricably linked. When governments, businesses and others make decisions about land and natural resources, they inevitably impact the health, livelihoods and quality-of-life of local communities. So it stands to reason that the public should have a right to be involved in environmental decision-making—specifically, to know what is at stake, to participate in the decision itself, and to have the ability to challenge decisions that disregard human rights or harm ecosystems.
Launch of the Environmental Democracy Index: May 20
CIC orders disclosure of technical report on hydroelectric project, holds “agitation is more likely to be fuelled by uninformed
In a significant decision, the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the Niti Aayog (previously known as the Planning Commission) to make available the report of the Technical Expert Committee on the 2000 MW Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project. The Niti Aayog had refused to provide the information to Rohit Choudhury of EIA Resource and Response Centre (ERC), New Delhi, on the ground that the report had not been finalized and accepted by the Government.
This blog post was originally posted on WRI Insights on March 11, 2015.
By Stephanie Ratté
Roughly 70 percent of women in Cameroon live in rural areas, relying at least in part on natural resources like forests for their livelihoods. However, women often face particular challenges in accessing the forests they need. Differences in the ways men and women understand and use forests mean natural resource policies can result in significant gender-differentiated impacts that oftentimes put women at a disadvantage. Women’s lack of secure access to forests can lead to a variety of inequities, including limited decision-making power; more vulnerability for women who are unmarried, divorced, or widowed; and greater likelihood that forest conservation schemes like REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) will not benefit women and men equally. As new programs seek to tackle deforestation in Cameroon, it’s imperative that these initiatives are not blind to gender differences in forest use and access.