Environmental justice

Fisherman in Myanmar. Photo: Christoph Oberlack


Numerous people and communities are impacted by the ecological and social upheavals arising from the climate crisis, land grabbing, major infrastructure projects, and overuse of natural resources. The effects are usually particularly harmful to those already suffering from poverty, discrimination, or displacement – or who have no chance to protect their interests in decision-making processes. The natural basis for their livelihoods may be seriously threatened or even destroyed. The concept of environmental justice can help to better orient use of land and natural resources. It encourages fairer distribution, just processes, and equal participation, and fosters recognition of legitimate claims, rights, and identities. The aim is to create fair environmental and living conditions for everyone.

CDE employs participatory, transdisciplinary, and quantitative research methods and concepts of environmental justice to assess resource conflicts and develop solutions. At the same time, our researchers look for the causes of marginalization and inequality as well as for pathways to more just development.