The Access Initiative Colombia in this guide presents a collection of tools for the right to information and participation in matters related to environment and natural resources. It is a contribution to progress in developing a participatory culture.
This is a video story about how the Environmental Foundation Ltd. (EFL), a public interest environmental law organization in Sri Lanka activated the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and saved the only open ocean waterfront in the capital city of Colombo. The court also affirmed the right of the public to have access to information. If you cannot view the video from the video frame below you can do so by clicking here
In a significant victory with respect to Access to Justice, the Delhi High Court comprising of the Chief Justice A.P Shah and Justice Dr S Muralidhar, by its order dated 11.2.2009 has come down heavily on the Ministry of Environment and Forests for not fully constituting the National Environment Appellate Authority despite clear directions from the court more than three years back. The High Court also was critical of the manner of functioning of the National Environment Appellate Authority (NEAA) with in its 11 years of existence has dismissed all appeals filed.
Canada, like many of its neighbors, is struggling to balance the competing needs of economic improvement and environmental protection during this global depression. Included in Canada’s 2009 federal budget, recently presented to Parliament, are suspicious provisions that encourage “regulatory efficiency” in infrastructure projects designed to jump start their lagging economy. Leaked documents suggest that this expediency might come at the cost of weakening the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), a price that many Canadian environmentalists are not willing to pay.