Oct 9, 2008

In a rare instance, the District Court of Raigarh on 17-9-2008, in the Central Indian State of Chhattisgarh, stayed the proposed Public Hearing for seven projects which included thermal power plants and steel plant expansion projects on the ground of non compliance with the procedure stipulated under the Environment Impact Assessment Notification.

Oct 8, 2008
Memo on Freedom of Association

Carlos Ponce has written a Memo on the Freedom of Association. It serves as a resource for the various restrictions placed upon NGOs (CSOs) around the world, laws and regulations that protect NGOs, and guidelines to NGOs and activists on how to persevere in their objectives despite operating within corrupt or militant regimes.

This Memo can be found on the Resources page:


Oct 8, 2008
Environmental and Social Assessment Memo

Robert Goodland has written an Informative Memo about Environmental and Social Assessments (ESAs).

It details the essential elements of ESAs and also introduces new trends and components to the ESA, such as Climate Change and Sustainability Assessments.

The Memo can be found on the Resources page:


Oct 8, 2008
India's first 'Referendum" on an Industrial Project ?

In a very first in terms of public participation in environmental decision making, the State/Provincial Government of the western Indian State of Maharashtra organized on 22nd of September 2008 a Referendum in District Raigad for deciding the fate of the new Special Economic Zone.

Oct 2, 2008

This is a story about how community leaders activated the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka to intervene and save a river the Deduru Oya. If you cannot view the video from the video frame below you can do so by clicking here

The Deduru Oya river bed had been mined for years for sand. Sand is used in buildings and road construction. Over exploitation of the river had lead to major environmental damage river bank erosion, lowering of the water table, salt water intrusion, poor water quality and habitat destruction.

Oct 1, 2008
Guatemala promulga Ley de Acceso a la Información Publica (Español/English)

Luego de varios meses de análisis y debates, el Congreso de la República aprobó por unanimidad la Ley de Acceso a la Información Pública. La Ley entrará en vigencia 180 días después de su publicación.

Con esta Ley los ciudadanos tendrán garantizado su derecho de acceso a la información que se encuentre en poder de los funcionarios públicos y contribuirá a la transparencia del Estado.

Sep 19, 2008
New Advocacy Toolkit for TAI Partners

The Advocacy Toolkit Working Group of TAI has uploaded the first tool to the new Advocacy Toolkit for TAI. The Advocacy Toolkit is readily available under the “Resources” tab of this website. The first tool developed was “Stakeholder Analysis”.

Advocacy Toolkit - TAI

Advocacy, for the TAI Network means turning our research into meaningful change on the ground. It is actively convincing others that our goal of widening access is worth implementing and ensuring that implementation is done well.

Ritwick Dutta, Richard Ingwe, Lina Muñoz, Ramamurthy Sreedhar, Lalanath de Silva Joseph Foti
Carole Excell, Andrea Sanhueza, Robin Murphy, Maggie Barron
Josh Kellerman & Seema Kumar, Monika Kerdeman
Participating Organization: 
LIFE, CRADLE,Universidad del Rosario, Environics, PARTICIPA
TAI Secretariat - World Resources Institute
Sep 8, 2008
Socios TAI planifican el futuro del movimiento TAI en América Latina (Español / English)

Durante los próximos dos meses los socios TAI en América Latina trabajarán conjuntamente para construir un plan de incidencia para la región que identifique las prioridades en acceso y proponga estrategias concretas para los próximos cuatro años.

Aug 29, 2008
Zinc and Lead Flowing Into the River of Kamenicka Reka

This month the TAI research team from Macedonia explored one of the largest cases of pollution of the river Kamenicka Reka. Namely, the mine Metal SASA is working near to Kamenicka Reka . After average of slag effusion done in 2003, reported spilling of an 70000-100.000 m3 metals of lead and zinc by the SASA mine. The authorities did not take appropriate measures to stop or prevent the pollution of the river.

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