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

12.05.22

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 climate activists.
The two reports, ‘Supporting environmental human rights defenders’ and Understanding and responding to the protection needs of climate activists and movements,’ outline practical recommendations for donors and international civil society organisations to incorporate into their strategies toward the protection and prevention of harm of indigenous, environmental and land defenders.

The reports and other relevant related resources, can be found below:

The joint briefer summarises the reports’ key findings and recommendations

The report ‘Supporting environmental human rights defenders’ contains key findings of a two-year project developed by ALLIED in order to inform concrete steps to increase the impact of existing and future strategies to enhance EHRD protection. 

The report ‘Understanding and responding to the protection needs of climate activists and movements’ identifies concrete ways in which civil society organisations and donors who are dedicated to supporting human rights defenders, including those specifically oriented toward environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs), can more effectively connect, communicate, and provide support to address the particular needs of climate activists and movements.

List of strategies and resources implemented to assist climate activists in emergency and non-emergency situations.

This document presents concrete steps that donors and international civil society organisations can take to strengthen support for climate activists.

The authors of the reports

ALLIED is the Alliance for Land, Indigenous and Environmental Defenders – a coalition of 178 members in 76 civil society organisations formed to build a bridge between international, national and local work, and overcome gaps between siloed communities who may be failing to build on each other’s work.

For more information visit: allied-global.org

The Universal Rights Group (URG) is a small, independent think-tank dedicated to analyzing and strengthening global human rights policy, improving the effectiveness of the international human rights system, and securing improved implementation and impact of international human rights norms and standards at national level.

For more information visit: www.universal-rights.org

The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund provides emergency financial assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack and rapid response advocacy and resiliency grants to support CSOs in responding to broader threats against civic space.

For more information visit: www.csolifeline.org

Freedom House is a non-profit, majority U.S. government funded organization in Washington, D.C., that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom, and human rights.

For more information visit: www.freedomhouse.org