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Reports and Articles Study 2020

Bearing The Brunt: the impact of government responses to COVID-19 on indigenous peoples in India

Author: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - IWGIA

Handbooks and Manuals 2020

A COMMUNITY ACTION TOOLKIT: A Roadmap for Using Environmental Rights to Fight Pollution

Author: World Resources Institute

Handbooks and Manuals 2020

Children’s Rights and the Environment: Guidance On Reporting To The Committee On The Rights Of The Child

Authors: Children´s Environmental Rights Initiative , Project Dryad , terre des hommes , United Nations Environment Programme

Handbooks and Manuals Online Training and Learning 2020


Author: Open Briefing

Reports and Articles 2020

EarthRights International 2019 Annual Report

Author: EarthRights International

Relatórios e Artigos 2020

Relatório 2020 de Responsible Mining Index

Author: Responsible Mining Foundation

Reportes y Artículos 2020

Reporte 2020 del Responsible Mining Index

Author: Responsible Mining Foundation

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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

‘The lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe were reduced to a reservation by the Act of March 2, 1889. The Tribal government maintains jurisdiction on all reservation lands, including all rights-of-way, waterways, watercourses and streams running through any part of the reservation and to such others lands as may hereafter be added to the reservation under the law of the United States.’ (…)


Federation of Ogoni Women´s Association – FOWA

Over the past years, Nigerian women have mobilized in a social movement promoted at the grassroots level, to protest against transnational oil companies and have demanded them to be part of the solution. (…)



Lottie Cunningham Wren

Lottie Cunningham Wren is a lawyer from the Miskito indigenous group defending the rights of indigenous peoples in Nicaragua to their land and resources. (…)


Indigenous Kinipan land rights defenders

Kinipan is a small village in Borneo with a population of just under 1,000. In April 2018, the village applied for the recognition of its traditional rights over its forest (hutan adat). The villagers were involved hands-on in charting their land. The people make their livelihoods in rice, rubber, rattan and the fruits of the forest. (…)

Latin America

#DefenderSinMiedo: historias de lucha por la defensa del ambiente en tiempos de pandemia

La serie periodística #DefenderSinMiedo retrata quince realidades de personas activistas y cuidadoras ambientales en América Latina. Mujeres y hombres, en compañía de sus comunidades, comparten los efectos de la pandemia por la covid-19 y sus esfuerzos por la preservación de sus territorios biodiversos.

En medio de la crisis global de salud por la covid-19, y mientras el mundo se adapta a prolongadas restricciones de movilidad y cuarentenas, en todo el territorio latinoamericano hay quienes siguen en la defensa de su tierra. Y lo hacen porque los proyectos extractivistas y la violencia contra las comunidades no se detienen.

#DefenderSinMiedo es un proyecto de periodismo de investigación liderado por el medio independiente Agenda Propia en coordinación con veinte editores, periodistas, diseñadores, traductores y medios aliados de México, Perú, Colombia, Honduras, Panamá, Venezuela, Brasil, Ecuador, Paraguay, El Salvador, Argentina y Estados Unidos. La serie se realizó con el apoyo de la ONG global Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).


Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva was born in Dehradun, India. Her father was a conservator of forests and her mother was a farmer with a love for nature. She is a physicist, ecologist, writer, philosopher of science, science policy advocate and environmental activist. (…)


Zapotecas Indigenous Joint Communities

At the south of Mexico in ‘Sierra Norte’, Oaxaca, eight Zapoteca communities come together to a joint community organization working on the conservation of 13,000 hectares of forest. Their conservation strategy is based on a sustainable management of the forest, but also the development of a managerial model through which they have developed community businesses combining technical knowledge with indigenous organization. (…)


Mariano Marcos Tenera

Mariano Marcos Terena, is the son of the Xane’ Pueblo, from the region of Aguas del Pantanal, between Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay. A Brazilian national born in 1954 he is a Xane’ leader who has devoted his life to working and organizing for the rights of Indigenous people and for the earth itself. (…)


Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim

Ms. Ibrahim is an expert in indigenous peoples’ adaptation to climate change, traditional ecological knowledge, and climate change mitigation strategies. She is Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. (…)

United States

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Youngest ever congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a third-generation Bronxite, educator, and organizer serving the 14th district of New York in the Bronx and Queens. Since her swearing-in to Congress in January of 2019, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has remained committed to serving working-class people over corporate interests and advocating for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice. (…)

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