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ELAW Staff Attorney Liz Mitchell

ELAW Staff Attorney Liz Mitchell

The Wood River Land Trust has given its most prestigious award, the Founders’ Award, to ELAW Staff Attorney Liz Mitchell.

A long-time resident of Hailey, Idaho, Liz served on the Trust’s Board of Directors from 2005 until October of last year. She acknowledged the award by saying, “I am honored to be considered among the people who have made a lasting contribution to the success of the organization.”

Wood River Land Trust Executive Director Scott Boettger says, “Liz’s legal expertise and dedication to the conservation mission of [our organization] was a true bonus to our efforts during the past seven years… She went above and beyond in her service [and] the Wood River Land Trust is a better and more professional organization thanks to her.”

Liz recently relocated to Seattle with her husband and has been a staff attorney for the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide since 2007.

Glenn Gillis
Information Technology Manager

Rizwana Hasan

The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation has announced that ELAW partner Rizwana Hasan is a 2012 awardee!  Rizwana is being recognized for “her uncompromising courage and impassioned leadership in a campaign of judicial activism in Bangladesh that affirms the people’s right to a good environment as nothing less than their right to dignity and life.”

ELAW has worked with Rizwana for more than 15 years.  “She is a champion of the people and the environment,” says ELAW Staff Scientist Mark Chernaik, who traveled to Dhaka in 1996 to collaborate with her on work to protect communities from polluting tanneries.  When news of Rizwana’s award was posted to ELAW’s international network, messages of congratulations poured in from ELAW partners in India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea,  Ukraine, Nigeria, Belize, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

Rizwana, you are an inspiration!

Michele Kuhnle
Donor Liaison

Meche speaks at a workshop in Pucalpa, Peru.

The University of Oregon Graduate School has awarded ELAW Staff Scientist Meche Lu a Public Impact Fellowship.

The Public Impact Fellowship recognizes and supports the work of UO graduate students whose research has the potential to have a significant impact on society.

“All of us at ELAW congratulate Meche, who has worked with ELAW for many years helping people use science to protect communities and the environment,” says Bern Johnson, ELAW Executive Director.

Meche is exploring how contradictory agendas of global conservation, indigenous rights, and oil/gas interests in the Peruvian Amazon are reconfiguring governance and citizenship at the local and regional levels.  Her research will address social, economic and political implications of resource extraction and conservation affecting developing countries today. This research is part of Meche’s PhD studies in the Department of Geography.

Congratulations Meche!

Maggie Keenan
ELAW Communications Director

Congratulations to the Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development (PCSD) for winning the global “Best in the Marine Environment” award from Responsible Tourism Awards, a UK-based initiative sponsored by the Royal Geographic Society and World Travel Market.

PCSD was formed in 2006 by concerned residents in Placencia, a peninsula in southern Belize with 16 miles of sandy beaches threatened by rapid, unplanned, poorly executed and unsustainable tourism development.

PCSD was recognized for its work to organize peninsula citizens to support locally-based tourism initiatives and oppose cruise tourism on the peninsula, as well as education, reforestation, and other conservation projects.

PCSD’s initiative helped educate local residents about Government of Belize plans to develop cruise tourism on the peninsula, which galvanized citizen opposition.  In addition to its community organizing, PCSD filed suit against the Department of Environment (DoE) for its approval of an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the Placencia Marina project – claiming that the DoE had failed to adequately assess the true impacts of the project.  PCSD lost that case in court, but is planning an appeal.  The Marina would have negative impacts on local ecosystems and could tip the scales, shifting the local economy away from local, sustainable tourism toward larger scale, more destructive tourism.

Congratulations PCSD!

Lori Maddox
Associate Director

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