PROJECT: Stopping Godawari Marble Factory
Many years back, FFI funded a legal case filed by Pro Public to set aside the Nepali government’s approval of the controversial Godawari Marble Factory. In response to a Petition filed by Pro Public in 2001, in April, 2015, the Nepal Supreme Court finally directed the government to shut down the factory, holding that the quarrying and extraction activities caused adverse impacts on the local environment and threatened the existence of globally important flora and fauna. These include 330 types of butterflies, 254 types of birds, 80 types of trees and 571 types of fruits.
This case represents a tremendous victory for Pro Public after many years of contested litigation. See: Republica April 27, 2015 news article.