This blog post was originally posted on WRI Insights on July 29, 2014.
Written by Jesse Worker and Stephanie Ratte
This blog post is the first installment of WRI’s Exploring Environmental Democracy blog series, which examines the state of environmental rights in regions around the world. Later this year, WRI’s Access Initiative will launch a new mapping tool that evaluates how environmental democracy principles are being applied in 70 countries.
Eight years ago, developers proposed a five-dam project on the Baker and Pascua Rivers in Patagonia, Chile. While they projected that the hydropower would produce 2,750 megawatts of power, the project would also flood 23 square miles of wilderness, jeopardizing the environment, local culture, and tourism of the region.
La Iniciativa de Acceso en América Latina y el Caribe ha venido colaborando con dos socios europeos, Regional Environment Center (REC) y European Environmental Bureau (EEB), en el marco del proceso de la Declaración sobre la aplicación del Principio 10 de la Declaración de Río sobre el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo.
We received information today that Sutthi Atchasai, a community environmental advocate and activist in Thailand was shot last night and pronounced dead early this morning. The police have not yet concluded the cause of his death. The TAI Secretariat is saddened and shocked by this news. He was an environmental defender for his community and a right to information activist as well. He is a huge loss to Thailand and the Map ta Phut community. It was a privilege to work with him and TAI will miss him greatly.
Thank you Mr. Chair for giving me an opportunity speak, My name is Carole Excell and I represent the World Resources Institute and the Access Initiative Network a global network of civil society organisations and individuals working to improve environmental democracy worldwide. I make this statement with the support of the European Eco-Forum.