President, Association of Environmental Lawyers of Liberia (Green Advocates)
Focus: Building a Reform Team and Staff
Keywords: Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Environment Conservation, Training, Sustaining Reform, Public Relations, Oversight, Outreach, Lobbying, Legislative Reform, Donor Relations, Consensus Building, Coalition building, Capacity Building, Awareness Campaigns, Accountability
Interviewer(s): Graeme Blair
Country of Reform: Liberia
Location: Monrovia, Liberia
Date: Fri Jul 24 2009
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At the time of this interview, Alfred Brownell was the president of the Association of Environmental Lawyers of Liberia (Green Advocates.) In 1997, while a law student at the University of Liberia, Brownell launched Green Advocates and put into place Liberia’s first framework environmental law. Brownell was also the lead campaigner for Liberia’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, successfully pressing for the passage of legislative reform in the national forestry sector. Between 2000 and 2003, Brownell’s work helped bring about the imposition of sanctions on Liberia’s timber exports, a travel ban and an asset freeze on corrupt government officials. Through the years, Brownell has devoted himself to campaigning for national policies that stem corruption and abuses related to natural resource extraction.