Who We Are & What We Do

Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment is a non-profit organization, registered in South Africa since 2007.

Our vision is the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the self-determination of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

Our mission is to facilitate the full and effective participation of Indigenous peoples and local communities in the development and implementation of laws and policies that relate to the conservation and customary uses of biodiversity and the protection of associated cultural heritage.

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We work at the local, national, regional, and international levels with a wide range of partners. We strive to ensure that community rights and responsibilities are represented and respected at the broader scales and that gains made in international fora are fully upheld at lower levels.

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Latest News

  • WCIP Concludes in New York with Adoption of Outcome Document
    After nearly four years of negotiations marked by incredible efforts and occasional drama, the High Level Meeting of the General Assembly known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP) was …

  • Natural Justice Showcases the Heroes Project
    L-R: Delme Cupido, Lesle Jansen, Abhishek Choudhury, & Kabir BavikatteNatural Justice, in collaboration with LEDLAB and Srishti School for Arts, Design and Technology (India) participated in the O …

  • Beluran District
    cc Harry JonasHarry Jonas joined a delegation that visited communities in the Beluran District of Sabah (Malaysia) to discuss the linkages between community-based tourism and conservation. While each …

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Featured Publication

Biocultural Community Protocols: A Toolkit for Community Facilitators
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Images from our work in Africa, Asia, and the Americas

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Rooibos Robbery: A Story of Bioprospecting in South Africa (Steps Southern Africa, 2012)
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