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Brazil scientists map forest regrowth keeping Amazon from collapse: Study

22.12.20

‘Scientists have mapped Brazil’s secondary forests and are now able to pinpoint the extent, age and location of regrowing vegetation anywhere in the country, opening up opportunities for incentive programs, monitoring and forest fire prevention. According to their findings, 12% of total carbon emissions from Amazon deforestation have been offset by Brazil’s secondary forests, making […]

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‘Perú: las mujeres que son la voz de Cuninico’

22.12.20

‘La situación en que quedó la comunidad kukama kukamiria de Cuninico en Loreto, tras el derrame de casi 3000 barriles de petróleo en el año 2014, impulsó la participación activa de las mujeres. Ellas consolidaron tres organizaciones que han sido claves durante los últimos seis años para mejorar los problemas de salud, medioambientales y económicos […]

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‘Peaceful protectors of Cambodia’s Prey Lang forest, threatened by loggers and local authorities, vow to fight on’

16.12.20

‘For Cambodia’s largest swath of intact rainforest, the most important line of defense against the logging companies and vested political interests that are seeing it deforested is the Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN), a local activist group of volunteer forest rangers that has been risking their lives to peaceably protect the area from illegal logging […]

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Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet for Human Rights Day 10 December 2020

16.12.20

Human rights key to build the world we want ‘2020 is a year none of us will ever forget. A terrible, devastating year that has scarred so many of us, in so many ways. At least 67 million people infected, and 1.6 million dead, in a pandemic that is far from over. A devastating impact […]

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European Union decisions on the right to a healthy environment

14.12.20

Recent European Union decisions related to the right to a healthy environment: 1. European Parliament resolution of 22 October 2020 on deforestation dedicated on section on human rights (see below). Deforestation and human rights Highlights that changing the regulatory framework in order to legalise the use of certain areas and modifying tenure rights does not […]

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‘Fisheries Observers are Human Rights Defenders on the World’s Oceans’

14.12.20

‘Fisheries observers are human rights defenders on the world’s oceans. These individuals work independently onboard commercial fishing vessels around the world to collect scientific data on the state of the marine environment, and in some instances report on compliance with fisheries conservation and management measures. The data they provide is crucial to assess fish populations, […]

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Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative (ESI) – a protection programme for Human Rights Defenders at risk

10.12.20

The Elisabeth-Selbert-Initiative (ESI) is a new initiative, founded by the German Federal Foreign Office, in the protection of Human Rights Defenders. The program offers temporary relocation grants and on-site assistance or those who, because of their peaceful commitment to human rights, are being threatened by physical and psychological violence, arrest, occupational bans and even murder. […]

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‘How Youth Climate Activists Are Empowering Campaigners From Countries Suffering Most From Global Warming’

10.12.20

‘Gladys Habu knows first-hand the devastation climate change is already visiting on the world. The 25-year-old has vivid memories of Kale Island, a tiny islet in the Solomon Islands archipelago where she used to swim and barbecue on the white sand beaches. It’s also where her grandparents used to live, decades back. But Kale Island […]

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‘Understanding and responding to the environmental human rights defenders crisis: The case for conservation action’

07.12.20

Conservation Letters Abstract: Close to two thousand environmental human rights defenders have been killed in 57 countries since 2002, with about four losing their lives every week in 2019. Many of these defenders represent Indigenous Peoples and local communities protecting ecosystems from large‐scale environmentally destructive projects. As the positive contributions of Indigenous and local communities […]

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Geneva Roadmap

04.12.20

Geneva Road Map for Environmental Human Rights Defenders   The Geneva Roadmap in nutshell a collective effort to bridge action for Environmental Human Rights Defenders. 4 collective action goals Linking human rights and environmental communities Effective implementation of Human Rights Council Resolution and boosting Policy Events IUCN Virtual dialogue: Geneva Peace week dialogue on environmental defenders […]

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