Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team (LEAT) was founded in 1994. It is a premier non- governmental and non- profit making environmental management and protection organization in Tanzania. It is registered under the Companies Act Cap 212 R.E 2002, as company limited by guarantee without a share capital.
LEAT carries out environmental and natural resources legal and policy research, advocacy, and selected public interest litigation. Its membership is drawn from public interest spirited individuals from all disciplines of the environment and natural resources. Over the years, LEAT has transformed itself to become the premier public interest environmental and natural resources management and protection organization in Tanzania.
Africa with sustainable and well-managed environment and natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.
To contribute towards good governance in the use and sustainable management of the environment and natural resources through public interest litigation, advocacy, strategic research, capacity building and networking.
Contribute towards increased citizens’ participation in eastern and southern Africa countries in general and Tanzania in particular on sustainable environmental and natural resources management and protection, by building their capacities and strategies, and partner with them to bring about sustainable environmental and natural resources management.
What We Do
In addressing environmental problems at national and international Level, LEAT works with different stakeholders and partners including local communities, CSOs, research institutions, government officials and development partners, to insure the country’s natural resources and environment are democratically governed and managed in accordance with the public trust doctrine and harnessed for the benefit of Tanzanians.
This approach enables LEAT to impart the general understanding of the laws and policies relating to the environment and natural resources, enhancing local communities to access and securing their rights to those resources, undertake advocacy activities, conduct environmental protection campaigns, seminars, workshops, and public hearing media briefings and sensitize decision makers on environmental and natural resources and protection issues.
- Conduct critical analysis of natural resources and environmental laws and policies.
- Carry out strategic research on various legal and policy issues that hinder the full realization of environmental and natural resources rights.
- Empower community members to rigorously demand for transparency and accountability in natural resources governance and utilization.
- Forge and strengthen strategic partnerships with other like minded stakeholders in advocating for sustainable utilization of natural resources.
- Develop training manuals and carry out capacity building initiatives.
- Carry out strategic litigation.