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Climate Change Learning Session for activists

July 22, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Last week, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) and groundWork, with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Foundation for Human Rights, convened a climate change learning session in Johannesburg for activists from six community organisations from across the country. The presenters included several known South African climate change experts, and two CER… continued


Another victory for environmental rights: Department of Water & Sanitation makes copies of water licences automatically available to the public

July 20, 2016 at 9:48 am

In April 2016, the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) praised the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for its decision to make copies of environmental licences available to the public automatically, without requiring the submission of a request in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA). At the time, we expressed our hope that the… continued


Section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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