WHO ARE WE
Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment specialises in human rights and environmental law in Africa in pursuit of both social and environmental justice. As a team of pioneering lawyers and legal experts we:
WHAT WE DO
We use the law to support communities to participate in decisions that affect their land, culture and environment.
Conservation and Customary Use
Extractives and Infrastructure
Governance of Lands and Natural Resources
Traditional Knowledge and Benefit Sharing
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WHY WE EXIST
For many African communities, lands and natural resources are their greatest and most reliable service providers, sustaining life, dignity and happiness. Their stewardship of the ecosystems on which they depend is also recognised as one of the most important contributions to nature conservation, with the lands and waters of indigenous peoples and local communities supporting approximately 80% of the world’s biodiversity.
Unfortunately, the rights of these communities are often undermined by the ever-increasing demand for land and resources, negatively impacting their ways of life and degrading the environment.