Oct 2, 2012
Partner Spotlight: Indonesian Center for Environmental Law
ICEL's Dyah Paramita during Rio+20. Photo credit: FGV Direito Rio

As part of the preparation for our 2012 Strengthening the Right to Information for People and the Environmental (STRIPE) US Study Tour, TAI is featuring our visiting partners from Indonesia and Thailand. This piece is in conversation with Dyah Paramita of the Indonesian Center for Environmental Law. Please join us online on Thursday, Oct. 25th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST for our web cast seminar reflecting on the experience of the study tour and looking forward to the future ATI movement.

Oct 1, 2012
Why the green crowd should care about the Open Government Partnership
Civil society reacts to a Rio+20 session. Flickr/Fora do Eixo

In the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of walking the halls at the launch of the Open Government Partnership last September at Google’s NY Headquarters and being in the negotiating room during Rio+20.

Sep 28, 2012
Can Access to Information Protect Communities from Pollution? A Lesson from Map Ta Phut, Thailand
Thailand's Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate houses nearly 150 chemical plants, oil refineries, coal-fired power stations, and iron and steel facilities. Photo credit: WRI

Today is International Right to Know Day, a global initiative to share ideas and stories on right to information (RTI) laws and transparent governance. This blog post provides an inside look at how citizens from one Thai community are seeking access to information in order to protect themselves from environmental pollution.

Sep 28, 2012
Moving the Global Access to Information Agenda Forward

The World Resources Institute, The Access Initiative, Indonesian Center for Environmental Law, and Thailand Environment Institute invite you to a web-cast seminar reflecting on the Strengthening the Right to Information for People and the Environment (STRIPE) project.

Sep 14, 2012
Indian Supreme Court ruling effects significant change in RTI law
Delhi High Court. Flickr/ramesh_lalwani

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to strengthen the ties of the judiciary in information commissions across India. According to the ruling, commissions must now operate in the form of two member benches – with one member having a legal background – and the leadership of the Central Information Commission must be filled by a retired High Court Chief Justice or Supreme Court Justice. Positions were previously held by bureaucrats.

Aug 29, 2012
The end of a new hope
Hungary no longer has an environmental ombudsman

Brief headline in today’s news: Hungary’s environmental ombudsman quits. Sandor Fulop was one of the founders of EMLA (www.emla.hu) and of The Access Initiative. In 2008, he became Hungary’s first ever environmental ombudsman. The institution was a great success in the last 4 years and gave a new hope that interests of present and future generations can be harmonized with the help of an independent representative of the environment.

Aug 28, 2012
Choosing Our Future: Recap and Report
TAI Director Lalanath deSilva speaks at the June 19th event 'Choosing Our Future'

If you weren’t able to make it to The Access Initiative’s June 19th event in Rio de Janeiro with Fundação Getulio Vargas Rio Program on Law and Environment, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), you can now catch up on all the results. The Access Initiative (TAI), together with its partners, has released the ‘Choosing Our Future’ event report with a full summary of the day and its many components.

Aug 23, 2012
Open Government Partnership: African Nations Commit to New Levels of Transparency
South Africa is one of three African nations that have already delivered written transparency commitments to the Open Government Partnership. Photo credit: Flickr/Crystian Cruz

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) boasts some pretty lofty and much-needed goals. The global initiative aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Aug 20, 2012
Selous Game Reserve altered for uranium mining project
UNESCO World Heritage site - Selous Game Reserve - Flickr/BBM Explorer

In one the strangest stories hidden behind US elections and Russian dissent in the international media, the Tanzanian government has allowed an international uranium conglomerate to begin exploration in what used to be part of the 54,600 sq km Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. This piece of East African habitat is not only home to the world’s largest elephant population, but is, in fact, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Aug 16, 2012
Brazilian court suspends Belo Monte Dam construction
Activists occupy Belo Monte dam construction site. Source: Flickr/International Rivers

Since the project was approved in 2005 by the Brazilian Congress, indigenous and conservation activists have unflinchingly opposed the Belo Monte dam project. Resistance has unfolded on a global stage with the engagement and watchful eye of the international community, and Belo Monte has come to represent the growing friction between industrial and indigenous forces at play in Brazil and around the world.

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