About Green Advocates International

The Association of Environmental Lawyers of Liberia (Green Advocates) is Liberia’s only not-for-profit public interest environmental law organization.

Green Advocates aims to:

• Protect the environment by campaigning for stronger legislation and monitoring the implementation of existing regulation in this area;

• Advance human rights by promoting sound environmental practices and upholding the claims of Liberia’s rural communities;

• Empower the people of Liberia to participate in environmental decision-making through the use of education campaigns and the provision of training activities.

Green Advocates is a founding member of the Liberian Publish-What-You-Pay Coalition, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Kimberley Process Civil Society Coalition.

It works with a wide range of national and international civil society organizations and individual activists to promote public disclosure of financial transactions in the extractive industries and forestry sectors.

Among other things, Green Advocates was involved in drafting the 2006 National Reform Forestry Law and runs a number of programs that provide legal aid to individuals and groups affected by environmental and human rights violations. Since the organization was founded in 1997 its staff have worked tirelessly to promote ecological awareness and human rights, helping to build a sustainable future for Liberia.

Green Advocates has secured a number of important victories to date. Most recently, the organization brought a successful claim against the Sime Darby Corporation on behalf of plantation workers and on behalf of indigenous people who had been forcibly evicted from their homes in the preceding months.

Green Advocates also continues to push for greater fiscal accountability and responsibility in government, co-authoring a critical report with Global Witness into several of the mining contracts recently issued by the Liberian government.