Environmental Heroes Come to Eugene

March 6, 2013

Partners in traditional dress at ELAW 2013 Annual Meeting reception
Partners in traditional dress at ELAW 2013 Annual Meeting reception

Environmental leaders from around the world traveled to Eugene last week for the 2013 ELAW Annual Meeting. Participants arrived from Chad, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Mongolia, Kenya, Pakistan, Ecuador, and 20 other countries.

We traveled to a conference site on the McKenzie River for five days of collaboration using law, science, and economics to protect communities and the environment. We explored old growth forests, learned about local efforts to defend ecosystems, and cooked great meals together.

Longtime partner Kenneth Kakuru from Uganda said, "This is a pilgrimage.  I come to renew my zeal."

Sicelo Simelane from Swaziland attended his first ELAW Annual Meeting.  He  summed up the experience:  "I feel empowered!"

Thuli Makama in the Eugene Weekly
Thuli Makama in the Eugene Weekly

Enjoy the following cover story and profiles of the 40 ELAW partners who attended our annual gathering:

Environmental Heroes Come to Eugene

Fighting for Africa: Local rights vs. multinational corporations

Many thanks to everyone who made the 2013 ELAW Annual Meeting a big success!

All the best,

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director &
ELAW Fellows Program Coordinator
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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