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September 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Only two days left before the closure of the Small Subgrants Fund (SSGF) call for proposals. The call was launched on September 5, 2016 to fund projects promoting Access Rights regarding environmental matters, better known as Principle 10. It is opened to certified non-profits and non-governmental organizations based in the Latin America and the Caribbean region and prospective applicants must be registered in the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean’s (ECLAC) Regional Public Mechanism http://www.cepal.org/en/regional-public-mechanism.

The SSGF provides grants up to US$2,000. Additionally, grant recipients have the opportunity to be part of a unique network of environmental organizations, working around the globe in projects like The Access Initiative (TAI) and Principle 10 which seeks to achieve improved environmental governance and to ensure that citizens are involved in the decision-making processes.

According to Mrs. Sonia Montenegro, the Executive Director of CIAM based in Panama, “This grant is important for the LAC region because the organizations receiving small grants will be able to support ongoing initiatives or complete tasks to improve environmental safeguard and good governance thereby promoting and enhancing the implementation of Principle 10 in their countries”.

Mrs. Montenegro added that a few examples of initiatives applicants could pursue under this call include: (i) Generating evidence of environmental injustice and the importance of using access rights in your country; (ii) Using storytelling, theater, radio, social media and television to raise public awareness about access rights and the regional agreement and (iii) Training stakeholders including government, civil society, indigenous groups, and journalists, on the importance and use of access rights to prevent or address human rights violations.

The application is rather easy and contains three sections basic information, project description and a budget. Each section should be completed in its entirety and submitted by September 30, 2016 to smontenegro@ciampanama.org. For more information please visit http://www.lacp10.org/.

The SSGF is made possible through a grant to CIAM, The Access Initiative by the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

For more information, please contact:

Andrea Sanhueza

Elected Representative of the Public (Chile)

andreasanhuezae@gmail.com

 

Danielle Andrade

Elected Representative of the Public (Jamaica)

dandrade.law@gmail.com

 

Paola Valdés

Journalist (Latin America)

periodistalacp10@gmail.com

 

Karetta Crooks Charles

Alternate Elected Representative of the Public (St. Lucia) & Journalist (Caribbean)

karetta.charles@gmail.com

 

Visit our website: www.lacp10.org

Facebook: LAC P10 Regional Public Mechanism - ALC P10 Mecanismo Público Regional

Twitter: @LacP10info

 

What is the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean on Principle 10?

It is a political commitment made by several governments of the region to promote a change in the way decisions are made and to begin negotiating a Regional Agreement that will bring standards in access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters in their countries. This commitment seeks to ensure that all people in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in environmental decisions that affect them directly. This Regional Agreement will help citizens to obtain information, participate in decision-making, prevent the development of projects that could damage their lives and livelihoods, and prevent the proliferation of social and environmental conflicts. Any country in Latin America and the Caribbean can join the negotiation process for the Regional Agreement by signing the Declaration, simply contact the Technical Secretariat for this process, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean at principio10.lac@cepal.org.

 

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