Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, founded on the understanding that environmental rights of people and rights of nature must be understood, protected, and defended. Over the last 18 years CEJ has contributed to pushing the boundaries in legal precedent, law and regulatory reform and being a voice for vulnerable communities.
Protect the environmental rights of people and rights of nature, and promote ecologically sustainable solutions through mobilisation, litigation, and policy reforms
Environment Justice for All
The Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Sri Lanka, initiated by a small group of passionate environmentalists in 2004 and was registered as an environmental organisation under the companies’ act in 2006. While CEJ believes that all living things have an equal right to nature’s resources, it is every citizen’s responsibility to care for the environment. Hence, over the past 18 years, CEJ has made it its mission to protect the environmental rights of the people and rights of nature equally, while promoting ecological solutions through mobilisation, litigation, and policy reform.
Key Thematic Areas
ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE Enrichment, conservation, and protection of ecosystems and biodiversity
SOCIAL JUSTICE Empower Communities to promote equality and equity in the access and sustainable management of natural resources
ECONOMIC JUSTICE Strive for equitable economic conditions, prevent injustice, and strengthen those affected by development project that harm or endanger the environment
POLITICAL AND REGULATORY JUSTICE Work towards ensuring adequate environmental laws adhering with international conventions, are in place and enforced
CLIMATE JUSTICE Advocate for relevant national agencies to fulfil national and global commitments that address climate change
ADVOCATOR – CEJ is an avid advocator for environmental defenders, environmental human rights and natural resource governance
ACTIVIST – CEJ is an activist and stands in solidarity with local and international networks, for Climate Justice, Environmental Protection through law enforcement and the execution of action against practices that harm and endanger the environment.
EDUCATOR – CEJ is an educator that creates awareness and shared knowledge with individuals and institutions (i.e. general public, public and private sector) to improve understanding about the environment and explore opportunities that are not harmful to nature. Page 23 4.CEJ’s Strategic Program Framework 2023-2025
FACILITATOR – CEJ is a facilitator, for the community and marginalised groups, and the Government. CEJ raises the voice of those affected including farmers and indigenous people.
POLICY ARCHITECT – CEJ is a policy architect in co-crafting national, and international guidelines, regulations and laws relating to environmental policy and standard creation.
RESEARCHER – CEJ believes in evidence-based research to form the basis of their litigation, campaign and advocacy efforts