The CDCA – Documentation Centre on Environmental Conflicts – was founded in October 2007 as part of the Italian Association “A Sud” and it became an indipendent research centre in 2010. Its mission is to research and provide information about both the causes of the environmental conflicts produced by the exploitation of natural resources, and its consequences. This often include a disregard for local communities rights – particularly in the global south.
By offering first-hand information and geo-localised data, the CDCA also plans to spur public interest and discussion in Italy and EU about policies carried out by International financial institutions, and issues of social justice – by giving voice to the local communities and social movements who often have little access to mainstream media.
The CDCA’s overarching goal is to bring the Northern and Southern regions of today’s world together through the process of reciprocal understanding and knowledge sharing.
The Fields of investigation are mainly: Energy, Waste management, Infrastructure, Industrial plant, Public healt, Environmental rights, Climate change, Social corporate responsability.
The services that CDCA provides are:
- Public Library: a national public library including a variety of (mostly unreleased) documents produced by local research centres and independent organisations
- Web Site and Atlas: the website provides free and easy access to various archives, document collections and a database of environmental conflicts at international and italian levels.
- Public Events: as book presentations, photo exhibitions, lectures, etc. with authors, researchers and activists from all over the world.
- Education and Training Services: for teachers, students, trainers,public administrations, trade unions and professionals on different topics, especially on political ecology and ecological economics, environmental sustainability. The aim is to contribute to the development of green skills in the world of labour.
- Network: The CDCA is part of the European network CEECEC – Civil Society Engagement with Ecological Economics (www.ceecec.net) – which includes academics, researchers and lobbyists, of the EJOLT network - Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (www.ejolt.org) and the European Political Ecology ENTITLE network (www.politicalecology.eu) Besides, the Centre can rely on the strong network in Ecuador with Acciòn Ecologica and other social like CONAIE (Confederation od Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador), in Nigeria thank’s to the fruitful partnership with ERA and in Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia- among others- and their indigenous communities.
More info on our training activities:
- Giovane Terra - Green Jobs. Instruments for the creation of youth enterprises on social agricolture: training to young unemployed and disable people to start up a social agricolture enterprise. (2014)
- Entitle: winter school on political ecology research for civil society (2014)
- Ejolt : training workshop on institutional and legal tools to address Environmental justice. (2013)
- Energy Democracy: adults training on production of energy from renewable and decentralised systems (2012)
- Nature project: environmental education for high school students and teachers. (2008- 2009)
- Understanding Environmental Conflicts: intensive course on analysis, research, comunication on environmental emergencies.
- Investigative Environmental Journalism: intensive course on theories and techniques for environmental investigation and journalism.
- Project Managing Course for no-profit: intensive course on theoretical methods for funding search, project proposal development and project management.