Mainstreaming procedural rights as tool for peaceful human industrial co-relation and climate change mitigation in natural resource extraction communities in the coast of Kenya

name
Mainstreaming procedural rights as tool for peaceful human industrial co-relation and climate change mitigation in natural resource extraction communities in the coast of Kenya
field of work
Biodiversity / Nature Conservation, Climate Change
start date
December 1, 2016 
end date
December 29, 2017 
project initiator
project collaborator
country
Kenya
description
Since 2009 CJGEA interaction and work with communities hosting mining and extractive industries has led to the realization that there is a major gap in access to environmental information. These communities are located in very remote areas and highly characterized by high levels of poverty index, illiteracy and bound by cultural beliefs. Due to these factors the extractive corporates exploring for mineral potential take advantage of their ignorance which makes the communities agree to what later directly affects their livelihoods. This project will address the inadequate development and implementation of participatory rights with regard to decision-making relating to the environment and natural resource extraction activities in Kenya. This situation has led to growing tensions between local communities hosting the mining and extractive industries and are negatively affected by the industrial activities and the corporations who are undertaking them. This has also led to increased tensions between those communities and the state duty bearers at both local and national levels. In the light of the current international and regional legal instruments and jurisprudence, local communities have been derived from their rights to substantive and procedural protection of environmental rights. Even though the legal measures are available for Kenyan citizens, the awareness and capacity of locals to use effective remedy, is lacking. The project is aimed to increase the local community┬┤s access to information in environmental matters that is a cornerstone to achieve effective participation. In addition, the project aims to empower the local community to litigate their case both in media and before the court by incorporating human rights law discourse.
we are looking for
financial support, cooperation, publicity/visibility, other, Open for funding
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