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Centre for Environmental Rights - Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

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About the Centre


The Centre employs strategies that fall into the following categories:

  • Promoting Participation focuses on assisting NGOs and CBOs in effective participation in environmental licensing and other decision-making processes, particularly environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes.
  • Exercising Environmental Rights entails making legal services available to communities and civil society organisations to support the assertion of environmental rights in prioritised cases, including high quality legal advice on rights and remedies available in terms of environmental law; the pre-litigious assertion of rights, negotiation and dispute resolution; effective and streamlined reporting of non-compliance to competent authorities; and institution of legal proceedings on behalf of clients, as public interest litigant and as friend of the court.
  • Environmental Law Information Hub is a knowledge management, information distribution and training programme focused on collating and making available environmental legal information and resources. Features of this programme include a Virtual Environmental Law Library, made available to civil society through (the website you are looking at).
  • Capacity-Building: The Centre prioritises training and capacity-building within the NGO sector through collaboration and knowledge sharing, environmental rights training, community learning sessions, workshops, reference groups and more, in partnerships with NGO stakeholders, professional associations, local universities and international institutions.

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.

Report a Violation

National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours): 0800 205 005

In addition, there are a number of national and provincial hotlines that may be useful.

Contact us

  • Address:Cape Town: Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town - View map
  • Address:Johannesburg: Ninth Floor, Southpoint Corner, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2001, Johannesburg - View map