The International Program was established in response to a request for assistance from the Solomon Islands in 1991, and has since expanded to encompass a broad range of capacity-building activities in the region.
Since 1999, EDO NSW has received funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation for capacity-building in the South Pacific. More information about the MacArthur Foundation can be found at: www.macfound.org. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation approved a grant to EDO NSW, in October 2013, for legal assistance and capacity-building in Papua New Guinea and Fiji: http://www.packard.org/.
The objectives of the International Program are:
- To enhance the capacity of local communities, individuals and organisations to achieve environmental conservation and sustainable development outcomes through legal mechanisms;
- To raise the profile of environmental law at national and regional levels;
- To promote the values of public participation and good governance and to empower the community to achieve better outcomes through the informed use of the law;
- To build partnerships and networks for information-sharing and collaboration to maximize the effectiveness of capacity building work in the region;
- To increase access to justice by working with diverse groups within the community, particularly women, disadvantaged and marginalised groups; and
- To increase understanding in Australia of the environmental and development law issues facing other countries in the region, and to develop support for and avenues for engagement in EDO NSW's capacity-building activities among the Australian community.
EDO NSW is a signatory to the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Code of Conduct, which represents the active commitment of overseas aid agencies or non-government development organisations (NGDOs) to conduct their activities with integrity and accountability. More information about the Code can be found here: www.acfid.asn.au/code-of-conduct
The International Program receives strategic advice from EDO NSW International Advisory Committee, which consists of senior advocates, scholars and members of local, regional and international organisations active in environmental protection in the South Pacific region.
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Read more about the different aspects of our International Program.
- Multidisciplinary support
- Training and lawyer exchanges
- Volunteer placements
- Volunteer Internships with EDO NSW
- Workshops and presentations
EDO NSW works with a broad range of groups across Asia and the Pacific. While many of our partners do not maintain websites, the following links provide useful information about groups working in the region.
- Eco Forestry Forum (EFF), Papua New Guinea
- Fiji Environmental Law Association
- Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI)
- International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania
- Live and Learn Environmental Education (LLEE)
- South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Samoa
- Pacific Calling Partnership
- University of the South Pacific (USP), Institute of Applied Sciences, Fiji