South Asia

The South Asian region (consisting of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) are active members of TAI.


A pilot TAI assessment was done for India in 2001-2002 by Participatory Research in Action (PRIA). Based on this pilot assessment, a report was later published by the IDMA Foundation, Chandigarh. This report was discussed at a meeting with wide representation from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Central and State Pollution Control Boards, media representatives, NGOs and research organizations from India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. As a follow up, representatives from over 35 groups across India met in Bangalore in October 2004 and launched TAI India on 2nd November 2004.

The Environmental Support Group (ESG) of Bangalore was mandated to act as the TAI India Secretariat.

In 2005, a TAI Assessment of Karnataka was commenced under the leadership of ESG. This assessment is pending.

In 2008, a TAI Assessment of Himachal and Uttarakhand was commenced in February 2008 under the leadership of Lawyers Initiative for Forests and Environment (LIFE) and Environics Trust under the auspices of TAI India. This assessment is ongoing.

Sri Lanka:

Led by the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) TAI Sri Lanka coalition was established in December 2006 and has completed a TAI assessment and its report is now under review. PILF also conducted a poverty pilot study based on the TAI method to identify gaps in laws and practices in access rights for the poor. As part of the ongoing post-assessment phase, TAI Sri Lanka has completed a legal study identifying amendments to the National Environmental Act which would enhance access rights and are working with the Ministry of Urban Development to improve access rights in the Urpan development and Planning sector.

Poverty Report

Presentations of findings from Sri Lanka TAI Assessment at the Asia Regional Meeting in Bangkok in October 2007.


Led by the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) the TAI Bangladesh coalition was established in 2007 and has commenced a TAI assessment in March 2008.


Led by the Pro Public the TAI Nepal coalition was established in 2007 and has commenced a TAI assessment in March 2008.

South Asia Regional Contact:

Lalanath de Silva
Director, The Access Initiative
World Resources Institute
Washington, DC, USA