Few Words About Us
Resource Extraction Monitoring (REM) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2003. We work with governments, civil society, donors and private sector to document illegalities but also to understand underlying governance problems and identify solutions. Our approach is primarily field based to truly understand the nature of complex environmental problems.
An NGO with a difference
What makes REM unique is that we specialise in independent government-mandated monitoring. Put simply, we investigate illegal activity in collaboration with government while maintaining our independence. With a mandate we are able to access information and places off-limits to most NGOs and thus carry out more in-depth investigations.
Our top priority is producing accurate, explicit and applicable information and systems to help solve environmental governance problems.
REM is not a lobbying organisation and has no political agenda, but we are proactive in our work. Transparency is not our final objective, it is only the start. After documenting illegalities, we follow cases through administrative and judicial systems. Where enforcement is weak, we work with government to identify and implement tailored solutions. Strengthening local civil society capacity is central to our approach to build effective long-term monitoring, particularly in countries with high biodiversity and low governance capacity.
0GOVERNANCE ISSUES ID'ed
REM entered over 2000 forest infractions documented by REM and monitors in WRI’s Open Transparency Portal.