Organisation: Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights

Amount: £78 444.00

Year: 2017

Duration: 36 months

Country: Papua New Guinea

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Issue

Papua New Guinea has several pieces of vital legislation around the use and management of natural resources, but customary landowners often lack awareness or a clear understanding of the legislation and polices that protect their rights.

Project

The Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR) is engaging government agencies to deliver changes to legislation and policies that govern the use and management of natural resources, including the Land Act (1996), the Environment Act (2000) and the Climate Change Management Act (2015), so that they better reflect customary land owner’s rights. This involves raising awareness among community based organisations (CBOs), conducting a detailed review and analysis of existing policies and legislation, and working with government agencies directly to present and propose changes to the First Legislative Counsel and advocate with Parliamentarians for these changes to be adopted.

By the end of the project, it is expected that some pieces of legislation will be revised to more strongly reflect support for customary land rights.

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Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR)

The Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights is an environmental and conservation NGOnot for profit public interest firm that promotes sustainable management of natural resources in Papua New Guinea. The objectives of the organisation are to carry out policy research on national development issues and management of the environment and to use the research findings to advocate for change of policies and relevant legislation. Their activities include legal advice and assistance to communities, policy research, advocacy, as well as education and awareness programs on environmental issues, development, land and resource rights of customary landowners.