ILEG is a non-profit civil society organization working in the field of environmental governance in Kenya.
It was established to conduct policy research, advocacy and training with a view to generating new knowledge and influencing the development and implementation of appropriate laws and policies that support sustainable and equitable management of the environment and natural resources in Kenya.
What we do
Since its inception, ILEG’s activities were largely project based. However, in order to effectively deliver on its mandate and tackle emerging issues within the environment sector, it was deemed important to streamline our work under several programme areas focusing on specific issues. They are as follows:
ILEG’s ultimate goal is to be a key player in the development and improvement of environmental management framework and jurisprudence in Kenya and to to enlarge policy choices for sustainable development through research, advocacy, and training.
More specifically, our core objectives are:
- To serve as a centre for the study, development and application of sound laws and policies aimed at promoting sustainable development and good governance.
To undertake training and other activities aimed at strengthening capacities of individuals, communities, organizations, and governments to understand the nature of contemporary development challenges and policy strategies for the achievement of sustainable development.
To provide professional services in the context of research, legal proceedings, or fora for peaceful settlement of disputes.
To initiate, guide, encourage and support public policy reform processes based on sound social, ecological, economic and scientific principles.
To provide affiliation to scholars and students through fellowship and internship programmes in the areas of law and policy relevant to one or more objectives of the Institute.
Why we do it
We subscribe to the view that laws and policies must be developed and implemented with the active participation of those who will be most directly affected.
Thus to achieve sustainability in environmental quality and equity it is imperative that the existing institutional, administrative, legal and policy frameworks concerning natural resources be reformed and restructured so as to promote the well-being of all of Kenya citizens, especially the rural poor who depend directly on those resources.
ILEG is committed to using governance tools and principles to foster sustainable and equitable management of natural resources. It believes that formulation and implementation of sound governance policies and laws have a critical role to play in the regulation of sustainable development.
How we do it
ILEG uses six key approaches in the execution of its work. These are:
- Capacity building
- Policy Outreach
- Public Interest Litigation
- Strategic Public Interest Litigation.
We therefore works with local communities to enhance their access to natural resources and secure their rights to these resources by enhancing their capacity to participate in the management of these resources. moreover, we carry out out legal research on various environment and natural resources issues including governance and development.
Furthermore, we also participate in local, regional and international processes and activities aimed at protecting the environment. We also gather, store and disseminate information relating to the environment and makes it accessible to the general public.