Resources and Non Legal Remedies from Learning Exchange on Environmental Justice in Sierra Leone

The learning exchange on environmental justice in Sierra Leone is currently winding down after a week of informative discussions and site visits to communities impacted by mining. We have been joined by legal practitioners in Africa, Namati Sierra Leone, and Namati India to discuss their cases and explore different methods used to reach remedies.

In order to keep the conversations going and to spread the knowledge shared over the past week and a half, the exchange participants have commented below with interesting non-legal strategies they have used in their environmental justice cases. @exchange_2018sierraleone

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Here is a link to a Toolbox developed by Natural Justice on Community Protocols in the context of Extractives and Infrastructure:

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Non judicial remedies are preparatory tools for judicial remedies. It is a building block for evidence gathering from the field towards legal adjudication processes. @manjumenon

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The chieftancy instituiton is well structured in Ghana. We sometimes use the regional house of chiefs or the national house of chiefs as tools to get companies to work with communties. The chiefs are the first point of call for these companies. Getting them on yoru side makes issues much easier!

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Working with other organisations who are somehow interested in such a case can help bring non-legal remedies. Like building a network or being partof a network. For example, an orgganisation which is interestd in doing research on water pollution can help with water testing and providing an evidence based report.

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I would have liked to upload an attachment of an environmental complaints handling system which ZELA has helped to put together for host mining communities to get access to non-judicial remedies. unfortunately, new users cannot upload documents so let me send this to you on email Maya.

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Dans le cadre du règlement des conflits dans les sociétés minières, les autorités guinéennes en appui avec le bureau du haut commissariat des nations unies en Guinée à mis en place un observatoire national des comités de concertation (ONCCLM) dans les localités minières.Les comités locaux de règlement des des conflits sont composés des comunnautés, des autorités locales ainsi que des représentants des compagnies.

Les CCLM existaient déjà mais leur fonctionnement efficace et efficiente posait des difficultés d’ou la nécessité de cet appui du bureau des droits de l’homme.

https://www.guinee360.com/20/12/2016/guinee-creation-dune- structure-de-prevention-des-conflits-dans-les-localites-minieres/

Merci Me Foromo Frédéricc Loua Conakry - Guinée

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@daphne_nabila dear, do send the document about the chieftaincy institutional structure in Ghana. I’d love to understand how they are officially recognised in decision making on matters of land use and development. thanks !

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