The World in Eugene

February 28, 2012

Dear friends,

February, 2012 ELAW Fellows
ELAW Fellows (L to R): Roles Theard, Erdenechimeg Dashdorj, Elena Chernobrovkina, and Bazardad Nanjindorj. (PHOTO: Todd Cooper/Eugene Weekly)

The ELAW office is an exciting place this week! Grassroots leaders from Haiti, Mongolia, and Russia have arrived, and partners from Guatemala, Canada, and Madagascar will join us soon. These ELAW Fellows are collaborating across borders to protect the Lake Baikal watershed, challenge polluting mining operations, and win justice for disenfranchised communities.

"This will be a fruitful cooperation," says Elena Chernobrovkina. Elena is International Program Coordinator at the Buryat Regional Organization for Lake Baikal, based in Ulan Ude. Elena says uranium and phosphate mines threaten community health and the Lake Baikal watershed, whose tributaries extend south into Mongolia.

Erdenechimeg Dashdorj and Bazardad Nanjindorj, attorneys with the Centre for Human Rights and Development in Ulan Bator, are eager to work together on issues that impact communities on both sides of the border. Roles Theard, an attorney at the Haitian Environmental Foundation (AHDEN), says mining companies are prospecting in Haiti. Roles wants to ensure that these projects to do not further devastate Haiti's already fragile environment.

ELAW Fellows will work one-on-one with ELAW staff; meet with experts in mining and natural resource protection; and take a field trip to the Oregon Coast. They will also participate in the 30th annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.

Many thanks to the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for supporting our ELAW Fellows!

Sincerely,

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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