31 Mar '16, 5pm

Major legal system breakdowns threaten great apes of Africa, Asia

Major legal system breakdowns threaten great apes of Africa, Asia

Precise, accurate and verifiable data collection and reporting on variables such as peat depth, hotspots (fires), deforestation and environmental infractions. This documentation has allowed for the development of strong, clear legal cases against the companies based on largely indisputable evidence. The successful use of this data by a consortium, including environmental, social and human rights NGOs and local community members, to publicize the issues. This joint effort eventually morphed into a major national and international campaign that gained and maintained global public support, putting significant political pressure on key government actors to pursue legal action and helping to minimize opportunities for interference in the legal process by industry and others. The presence of a government agency (or agencies) with the political will to take action. In this case, ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2016/03/major-legal-system-break...

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