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Exchange Events

ABA ROLI is implementing regional exchange events to facilitate conversations on international and regional agreements and initiatives, trends in mining—legal and illegal—and accountability and responsibility of mining companies and national governments. These conversations provide a space for social organizations, environmental defenders, and legal clinics to exchange information and contribute to the responsiveness and sustainability of networks of environmental defenders.

First Event | April 13, 2023

Exchange of experiences between legal clinics, organizations, and environmental defenders in Latin America 

ABA ROLI hosted the first exchange event to facilitate regional meetings between environmental defenders and organizations to strengthen public and private sector advocacy and accountability. To accomplish this, ABA ROLI presented the Program to members of the Alliance of Environmental Legal Clinics of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Network of Latin American Women Defenders of the Territory (Spanish, La Red de Mujeres Latinoamericanas Defensoras del Territorio) , and additional members of civil society organizations.  Finally, with the contributions, comments and presentations of the participants, ABA ROLI identified common areas of interest to address in the following exchange events.

First Exchange Event Resources (in Spanish)

Second Event | June 1, 2023

Exchange of experiences between legal clinics, organizations and environmental defenders in Latin America

The second exchange event aimed at facilitating a discussion between ABA ROLI, legal clinics and civil society organizations regarding the main challenges for strategic litigation in Latin America. During this event, participants discussed the main varieties, tools, good practices, and emblematic cases of strategic litigation.

Second Exchange Event Resources (in Spanish)

Third Event | August 31, 2023

Exchange of national experiences in strategic litigation and the fundamental right to prior consultation

The third exchange event aimed at facilitating a discussion between civil society organizations and the Alliance of Legal Clinics experiences regarding best practices and challenges for strategic litigation in the Amazon and for the right to free and informed prior consultation. This space allowed for dialogue and exchange of experiences among the attendees.

The event was distributed in six (6) spaces that addressed the following topics: 

  1. Recognition of organizations allied to the program and presentation of new organizations.
  2. Highlight the importance of collaborative or teamwork, presented by Anderson Betancourt, member of the ABA ROLI Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team.
  3. Presentation of an overview of strategic litigation in the Amazon, presented by Mauricio Diaz, Program Coordinator for the Supporting Environmental Defenders in Latin America Program.
  4. Panel on the "Overview of Free, Prior and Informed Consultation in Brazil and Colombia".
  5. Teamwork: Discussion groups with guiding questions.
  • Plenary: main conclusions of the thematic rooms.        

Third Exchange Event Resources (in Spanish)

Fourth Event | October 5, 2023

Exchange of experiences for Observatories on environmental protection issues, monitoring of environmental public policies and human rights in matters related to environmental protection.

Led by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Universities, the fourth event aimed at promoting the exchange of experiences between the participants and observatories on environmental issues and improving decision making, strengthening advocacy processes, and monitoring human rights conditions in the region, the effects on the Amazon and regional public policies on environmental protection issues.

The following observatories and speakers were present:

  1. Observatory of Environmental Conflicts (OCA) of the National University of Colombia. The speakers of the event were Juan Manuel Rengifo and Omar Fernando Clavijo Bernal, researchers from the OCA.
  2. Observatory for the Living Leadership of La Paz Querida - LPQ. It was presented by Alberto Heredia Pieschacón, Director of LPQ, and César Pinzón-Medina, Coordinator of LPQ.
  3. Sociopolitical Violence Database of the Colombian Commission of Jurists. It was presented by Sofia Ordoñez from the research area of the Colombian Commission of Jurists.
  4. Arayara Oil Free Amazon Monitor, a Brazilian organization. The presentation was given by Nicole Figueiredo de Oliveira, Executive Director of Arayara.

Fourth Exchange Event Resources (in Spanish)

Fifth Event | October 19, 2023

Exchange of experiences for observatories on environmental protection issues, monitoring of environmental public policies and human rights in matters related to environmental protection

Led by CSOs and Universities, the fifth event aimed at promoting the exchange of experiences between the attendees and the observatories on environmental issues and improving decision-making, strengthening advocacy processes, and monitoring human rights conditions in the region, the effects on the Amazon and regional public policies on environmental protection issues.

The following observatories and speakers were present:

  1. The National Observatory of Free, Prior and Informed Consultation of the Akubadaura Community of Jurists, presented by Aldemar Bolaños.
  2. The Rights and Justice Observatory - Open database on Environmental Justice and jurisprudential tools of the Rights and Justice Observatory of Ecuador.
  3. The Observatory of Autonomous Protocols - Prior, Free and Informed Consultation of the Federal University of Grande Dourados, Brazil, presented by Dr. Liana Amin Lima.

Fifth Exchange Event Resources (in Spanish)