EU-Project “Environmental Empowerment for Grassroots and Non-State Actors in Thailand”

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The project will contribute an efficient implementation of environmental justice in Thailand based on successful collaboration between state, civil society organizations and local communities in natural resources management implemented with respect for the rule of law and existing human rights standards. As a co-partner of KAS for the implementation of the project, ENLAWThai Foundation will conduct activities which legally empower grassroots communites affected by environmental injustice in Thailand covering 18 provinces:

Northern Region (8 provinces): Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Tak, Lampang, Lamphun, Nan, Phayao, Chiang Rai

Eastern Region (4 provinces): Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri, Rayong

Southern Region (6 provinces): Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Krabi, Trang, Satun, Songkhla

Project Activity

The activities will be the combination of capacity-building program, consultation, awareness raising campaigns, and dialogues which are as follows:

Activity 1: Free lawyer service for grassroots individuals affected by environmental injustice

Free lawyer service will be provided to 36 victims of environmental injustice in 18 pilot provinces.

Activity 2: Set-up and implement “Mobile Legal Clinic”

Grassroots communities living in a remote area will be reached out and provided with free legal consultations by experienced environmental lawyers and legal advisors.

Activity 3: Straegic litigation and policy advocacy

12 strategic litigations will be conducted aiming at justice reform and broader social change.

Activity 4: Capacity training programs for lawyers, junior lawyers and volunteers

Regular capacity-building aimed at environmental senior and junior lawers whose legal knowledge and skills in policy making and advocacy will be highlighted.

Activity 5: Community Legal Empowerment Training (CLET)

The manual will be designed based on community own initiatives in cooperation with local CSOs and expert from local universities in order to create the ability of grassroots to voice their concerns in policy-making process and rights over natural resources management in their communities.

Activity 6: Awareness raising campaign on different media and digital platform

The activity aims to increase awareness and legal knowledge of grassroots communities by user-friendly tools such as websites, easy-to-read leaflets, cartoon.

Activity 7: Open dialogues at community level

Regular exchange between grassroots communities, civil society organizations, business investors and local authorities will be conducted in an informal manner to decrease tension between stakeholders at community level.

Activity 8: Public conferences and publications promoting most efficient law reform and social change.

Corss-sector dialoges between decision-makers from both local and policy level with active public participation will serve as future resource for policy-makers and relevant stakeholders to drive the future equitable policy reform that will benefit the grassroots communities at large.

All activites will amplify voices of grassroots community in Thailand whilst improve also operational capacities and effectiveness of lawyers, CSOs, local authorities in promoting better access to justice and recognition of community rights in natural resource management of grassroots communities as stipulated by the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and the Thai 2007 Constitution.

Project Partners

  • Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Thailand Office http://www.kas.de/thailand
  • Delegation of the European Union to Thailand http://www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/thailand/index_en.htm
  • EnLAWTHAI Foundation http://enlawfoundation.org/newweb/
  • Project Website http://www.green-grassroots.net/en/

    Contact

    Project management contact: Ms. Napak Angkawaratanat