Inspiring Victories of 2019

A Win for Mpumalanga Grasslands, Waterways, and Communities in South Africa

Mpumalanga Wetlands. PHOTO: James Oatway.

Last week, ELAW partners in South Africa shared their latest victory: South Africa’s Constitutional Court slammed one door shut on plans to build a new coal mine inside an Mpumalanga Protected Area.

These vital grasslands are the source of water supplies to South Africa’s largest urban centers and agricultural areas, and support downstream economies and ecosystems.

This final victory follows a victory last year in which a High Court in Gauteng voided Ministerial approvals for the coal mine. The coal company attempted to challenge the High Court judgment four times, its last hope being to the Constitutional Court. That Court, however, rejected the appeal.

“Thank you ELAW for your ongoing support.”
– Melissa Fourie, Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Rights
Czech Ministry of Environment Quashes the Exemption of Chvaletice Coal Plant from European Air Quality Standards
Chvaletice Power Plant. PHOTO: Pechristaner, Wikimedia Commons.

We also celebrated with ELAW partners last week when the Czech Ministry of Environment rejected an illegal pollution exemption for Chvaletice coal plant. Now it will be up to the regional authority to decide about the exemption again.

“We are very happy! Thank you ELAW for all the help you have provided us in this case and also all the others!”
– Laura Haiselová, Attorney, Frank Bold, Czech Republic

We celebrated many more wins with ELAW partners this year:

Thank you to all the partners, supporters, and volunteers who made these victories possible!

Lamu, Kenya. PHOTO: Karl Ragnar Gjertsen, Wikimedia Commons.
ELAW partners in front of Indonesia’s Supreme Court. PHOTO: ICEL.
Dolphins. PHOTO: Anson Antony, Unsplash.

It is an honor to collaborate with a global alliance of skilled, committed advocates who are challenging environmental abuses and helping communities forge a brighter future.

Warm wishes,

Bern Johnson
Executive Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

P.S. You can help win next year’s victories by giving to ELAW this #GivingTuesday, December 3rd!