Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) is a social service environmental organisation based in Sri Lanka with the mission for Protecting the equal environmental rights of the people & environment and promote ecological sustainability by supporting ecologically sound community activities. Our vision is "Environmental Justice for all".
CEJ programs are based on Science, Law and Advocacy. We provide free legal aid to be affected marginalised communities to protect their environmental rights.
We also educate citizens on environmental issues. Science and environmental education and research are major areas of our work.
Centre for Environmental Justice promotes environmental justice and equity. We engage in campaigns on Water Rights, Anti GMOs, Environmental Justice and Good Governance, Anti Incineration, Energy and Climate change, protection of natural environment and sustainable livelihood
See our website for more information of what we are doing: www.ejustice.lk
Shalin’s has developed competencies in project development and implementation in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Shalin is in the process of consolidating best practice in renewable energy specifically in biomass and general scale up of renewables, agriculture productivity and value addition (value chain management) and substantive sustainability of environmental projects. This is driven by the dynamic and evolving nature of development.
Best practice and competencies support a broader understanding of the processes that underpin societal transformation. This creates new ways of managing available resources driven by innovation and adaptiveness.
While the pedagogy of the strategic management of resources is well understood and documented, real life situations present a more nuanced, intricate and a complex process.
Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) and Shalin Finland Ry are now running a project “Community participation for improved forest governance in Sri Lanka”, aiming to address is the deterioration and clearing of protected natural forests and changing land use in Sri Lanka communities, and the various negative effects this is posing to the communities.
The overall objective is to sustain ecological services provided by forests for the benefit of the local communities. The ecological services include regulation of water regimes, maintenance of soil quality, limiting erosion and land-slides and modulating micro-climate.
The purpose is to improve forest governance with local communities' participation in decision making and management of forests. The provisions made in the Forest Policy for the participation of local communities, when adequately implemented, gives tools to sustainable management of forest resources. The project will facilitate the creation of Forest Governance Platforms (FGP) that bring together communities, government stakeholders and other stakeholder groups. Forest Management Plans (FMP) will be the most concrete output. The Forest Department will lead this process, whereas the project will facilitate this by, e.g., bringing together and raising awareness of different stakeholders and producing necessary studies in selected three communities. Communities are also provided legal support to protect them from illegal land-grabbing.
Similarly, CEJ is conducting a community based REDD+ (CBR+) project related to forest conservation under UN-REDD and Small Grants Program (SGP) of Global Environment Facility (GEF). Through this project, CEJ aims to form a forest vigilant network contacting civil societies, forest protection groups in villages near forest areas, and other environmentalists to minimize forest crimes in Sri Lanka.
Eventually, this website will perform as a database of forest issues which can be a real time forest crime reporting method.
CEJ also receives support from Forest Department to form new forest protection groups in village areas. This vigilant network would support to minimize forest issues by reporting and verifying them.
There are different communication tools that CEJ utilizes to receive information related to forest crimes. A newly introduced mobile number, +94710369000, is one of them and people can use this to report any forest issue that they encounter. In addition to that, Sri Lanka Forest Watch facebook page and Sri Lanka Forest Watch website can be used to report a forest crime.
The purpose is to encourage people to share information without any hesitation as CEJ is willing to protect their identity. This would help CEJ to halt the forest crime as soon as possible in order to minimize the intensity of the destruction.
Awareness also plays a significant role in forest protection. So, CEJ tries to conduct knowledge sharing sessions with communities before forming forest protection groups. Knowledge sharing sessions focus on increasing community knowledge related to climate change, UN-REDD, forests, and CBR+ project. Collecting traditional knowledge and other local information within communities is a crucial part of knowledge sharing sessions.