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January , 2007
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Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership meet held in Delhi

By: Upasana Choudhry, Source: Toxics Link, Date: January , 2007

A day-long meet of Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP) grant winners, an initiative of the Just Environment Charitable Trust, was held recently to brain storm on the progress and challenges pertaining to their projects being supported under two programmes: Environmental Small Grants targeted at grassroots organisations and Environmental Fellowships targeted at young leaders.

The initiative is aimed at strengthening environmental justice movement in the country by catalysing grassroots initiatives, triggering new imagination and perspectives and encouraging crossover linkages.In the meeting, partners from across the country shared their experiences and achievements as part of the initiative aimed at securing and strengthening environmental justice.

These projects were shortlisted through a process designed specifically to meet the needs and requirements of grassroots organisations. Applications were invited through an open call widely publicised on web and other available medium. The assessment and finalisation of partners involved multi-layered decision-making by independent groups and a board.

The programme also serves like an incubator of grassroots initiatives, with the aim of building and enhancing their capacities and prepare them to assume larger roles.

The entire process is steered by our independent board, comprising of experts from environment and other crossover areas. A sound understanding of the root causes of environmental problems and an ability to see the ‘big picture’ is what characterizes these members. Well connected to communities on the frontline environmental work, they ensure that the perspective of those most impacted by environmental injustices is not lost.

Small Grants of up to $5,500 were given to shortlisted grassroots groups that are willing to address the root causes of problems and bring about long-term change. Promotion of public participation in environmental decision-making has been central to all activities.

Fellowships of up to $2,500 were awarded to young individuals with innovative ideas, leadership potential and strong desire and commitment to engage with environmental issues. The activities encourage new environmental thinking, perspectives and research thereby challenging the status quo and seeing new ways of imagining solutions.

Since first grant in 2005, EEJP has made 36 grants to groups and individuals spread across the country.

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