Commonwealth NGOs
related to forestry


bullet2 Natural Justice

Mercantile Building

63 Hout Street

Cape Town 8000

South Africa



Type:  NGO   

Scope:  national   

Interest in Forestry:  peripheral


Natural Justice is a not-for-profit organization providing communities with a range of legal expertise to promote their involvement in protecting and managing the environment.

According to the principle that any person who will be affected by a decision should be involved in the decision making process, Natural Justice aims to put communities at the heart of implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity, its related international instruments and domestic laws.

It works with communities to achieve: conservation of biological diversity

-sustainable use of the environment

-fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of the use of natural resources.

Legal empowerment involves providing information, training and representing communities to develop their capacity to influence the formation and implementation of environmental law. Natural Justice also works on issues of governance and access to justice, assisting communities to meet modern challenges and wherever possible to resolve their own disputes.  


Natural Justice is based in South Africa and currently focuses on access and benefit sharing law, engaging with communities and policy makers at the interface between customary law and environmental regulations.