Uganda Coalition for Sustainable Development participated in the Second International Think Tank on Global Environmental Justice took place in Norwich, UK from 14 to 16 May 2014. The workshop is in connection with a project funded by the EU FP7 i-REDD Research Programme: i-REDD+ impacts of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Carbon stocks in developing countries. The Think Tank focused on forest people’s rights and REDD+ safeguards. The Think Tank brought together 20 activists, decision-makers, and researchers to discuss ways to consider and promote forest people’s rights and the role of the REDD+ safeguards in recognizing these rights. The Think Tank also aimed at facilitating an exchange of experiences, ideas and opinions with a view of fostering long-term partnerships.
The Think Tank was organized by the Global Environmental Justice Group placed in the School of International Development of the University of East Anglia. The Group brought together scholars interested in exploring new forms of environmental governance and social mobilization that enhance disadvantaged people’s access to natural resources, participation in decision-making and social recognition. In addition to academic contributions, the Group gave great attention in reaching out to activists and decision-makers – the Think Tank being one way of enhancing partnerships beyond academia. The Declaration from the Meeting: