Funding to support climate legislation in Cameroon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday 25th April, LRI raised over £10,000 to support the review and development of climate legislation in Cameroon. At an event jointly hosted by The Funding Network (TFN, http://www.thefundingnetwork.org.uk/) and the Environmental Funders Network (EFN) the LRI project was one of three ideas presented to a group of philanthropists. All three pitches had to pass a competitive short listing and selection process. They will be made available at TFN’s youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TheFundingNetwork. It is never too late to give!

The funding raised will allow LRI to pioneer a “bottom-up” law review and development approach on climate change in one jurisdiction – Cameroon. The project will combine action research and awareness raising with peer learning and capacity building. To a large extent, it will be implemented by the Cameroonian chapter of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and comprise the following main components:

  • Defining legislative priorities for climate adaptation in Cameroon through stakeholder consultations including climate vulnerable groups and communities;
  • Technical legal advice and assistance to review existing legal frameworks, apply legislative approaches and techniques, and draft rules and regulations through LRI’s network of expert advisers; and
  • An in-country (round-table) dialogue between government, lawyers and civil society stakeholders to identify concrete legislative initiatives for climate change adaptation.

 

Seeking Finance Trustee to join LRI Board

LRI Board is mainly made up of lawyers. The Trustees are now seeking to diversify the board’s overall skill set and looking for an individual who has in depth knowledge and understanding of current finance and accounting practices relevant to charities. For more details, please see “Trustee for Legal Charity” on the following link: http://www.afid.org.uk/topopportunities?role=5

 

Former UNFCCC senior legal adviser joins LRI Board

Mr Seth Osafo, a Ghanaian lawyer, has been appointed as a new Trustee of the LRI Board. Mr Osafo brings to the Board a deep knowledge of climate change law and policy and a wealth of experience of the international process, having worked at a number of UN agencies since the early 1990s including as senior legal adviser to the UNFCCC secretariat as well as UNEP. Mr Osafo was also the Head of the Legal Division of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Future Status of Kosovo, HE. Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland. Since 2009 he has been a consultant to the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), UNITAR and the African Development Bank providing legal advice to African negotiators at the UN climate Negotiations.

On his appointment Seth stated that “ I look forward to joining an organization whose work on the legal issues arising from the climate change negotiations has greatly benefitted African negotiators”.

Kate Cook, LRI Chair, commented that Seth will “bring invaluable insight into the perspectives of developing country negotiators at the climate change negotiations, and in particular those who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, as we develop our capacity to provide assistance with national implementation of the Paris Agreement.”