Nov 24, 2014
Mapping Indigenous Natural Resources: There’s an App for That
Highway construction between Dolosie and Pointe-Noire, Congo-Brazzaville (Photo by Bobullx 2010 / flickr)

Article by Grace Heusner, Yale Law School ‘16

The Mbenjele Look for Answers

In the mid-2000s, the Mbendjele Yaka pygmies of northern Brazzaville-Congo faced a problem. Environmental conservation groups were accusing them of widespread poaching of elephants, gorillas, and other bushmeat. While the Mbendjele did engage in subsistence hunting, they suspected that larger organizations were responsible for the majority of poaching. Yet they had no way to prove it. The Mbendjele were largely illiterate and had only limited ways of communicating with the outside world.

Nov 20, 2014
New Tool Reveals How Jamaica’s Development Projects Impact People and Planet
Green areas represent protected forests, brown areas are legally protected areas, and blue areas are fisheries. Development Alert! currently identifies 32 proposed or approved development projects that are likely to have significant health, environmental, social, or cultural impacts.

By Carole Excell and Stephanie Ratte

Portland Bight (PBPA) is Jamaica’s largest protected area, extending more than 200 square miles of land and 524 miles of sea. The region is home to 30,000 acres of mangroves, four dry limestone forests, and several threatened species, including the critically endangered Jamaica Iguana.

Nov 19, 2014
COMUNICADO: Latinoamérica y el Caribe iniciaran en el 2015 la negociación de un convenio regional sobre los derechos de acceso

El inicio de esta negociación es una buena noticia para la región ya que significa que en el mediano plazo los países de América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) contarán con un instrumento para garantizar un ejercicio efectivo de los derechos de acceso y para una mejor canalización y resolución de los crecientes conflictos socio-ambientales, con el consiguiente mejoramiento de la gobernabilidad democrática.

Nov 17, 2014
Environment Clearance for thermal power plant in India quashed for inadequate environmental impact assessment

On 10 November, 2014, in a significant decision, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) – the specialized environmental court in India – quashed the Environment Clearance (EC) for the 3600 MW thermal power plant of IL&FS in Tamil Nadu. The Tribunal held that the project proponent had a “casual approach” in conducting the cumulative impact assessment of the project, which was based on incomplete information and “non-existent” standards. It also held that the EC was granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) without application of mind.

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