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New reports present recommendations for donors and support organisations to increase support for environmental and climate defenders

The Alliance for Land, Indigenous and Environmental Defenders (ALLIED) and the Universal Rights Group, with support from Freedom House and the Lifeline Fund for Embattled Civil Society Organisations, published two complementary reports presenting specific recommendations to donors and international civil society organisations on how to increase support for environmental defenders and...

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Honduras is selling off its natural resources to the highest bidder, environmentalists claim: The Irish News

HONDURAS’S economic growth strategy is founded on tourism, energy projects, mining and agri-business - all of which are potentially damaging to the environment. The government has awarded licenses to hundreds of controversial projects and critics say it is selling off the country’s rich natural resources to the highest bidder. Logging, mining and dam projects are often sited on the...

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Climate activist Anabela Lemos receives Swedish government’s award for human rights and democracy: We Effect

FEBRUARY 24, 2022 Climate activist Anabela Lemos is the recipient of the Per Anger Prize 2022. Photo: Edson ArturMozambican climate activist Anabela Lemos will be awarded this year's Per Anger Prize for her fight for the farmers forced to leave their homes to make way for gas and coal extraction. The candidate was nominated by We Effect and is the first environmental defender to ever...

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Environmental human rights defenders must be heard and protected

Environmental human rights defenders face danger and sometimes even death for their tireless work protecting the environment. In 2020, the non-profit organization Global Witness documented an average of four killings of environmental human rights defenders every week making it the deadliest year recorded by them so far for these brave protectors of the planet. There are most likely...

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UN News: Island States must bolster resilience to existential climate threats

Making SIDS a priority In his opening remarks, Mr. Torero Cullen said that this was why the agency has made “a concerted decision to prioritize activities for these countries and are working closely with SIDS networks and constituencies, to implement them”. He explained that FAO is supporting SIDS “to build back better and achieve better production, better nutrition, better...

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Women building a sustainable future: The Mexican violinist who saved the Sierra Gorda

Forty years ago, Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo, known as Pati, left the Mexican city of Querétaro with her family in search of a simple rural life. Instead, she ended up leading and inspiring a group of some 17,000 local environmental activists, devoted to protecting the remote and beautiful Sierra Gorda. In the early 1980s, Pati had a successful career in Querétaro, located about two hours...

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New environmental report offers solutions for ‘triple planetary crisis’-UN News

Deadly wildfires, noise pollution and other looming environmental threats could cause widespread ecological damage, and need to be urgently addressed, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report published on Thursday. “The Frontiers Report identifies and offers solutions to three environmental issues that merit attention and action from governments and the public at...

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Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for protection of environmentalists who defend the planet at the 49th Session of the Human Rights Council

49th Session of the Human Rights Council - High Level Event on Environmental Human Rights Defenders Opening statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights 1 March 2022 Minister Ernkrans, Minister Solano Quirós,Excellencies,Colleagues and friends, Thank you for joining us today. Every day, environmental human rights defenders face abuse, threats and harassment for...

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New environmental report offers solutions for ‘triple planetary crisis’

Deadly wildfires, noise pollution and other looming environmental threats could cause widespread ecological damage, and need to be urgently addressed, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report published on Thursday. Noise, Blazes and Mismatches: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern, the sixth report, draws attention to emerging environmental concerns with the...

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IPCC: Climate change: a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet. Taking action now can secure our future

BERLIN, Feb 28 – Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world, despite efforts to reduce the risks. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released today.  “This...

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