Building resilience for human and environmental security

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Building resilience for human and environmental security

Our mission

Protect and defend the natural environment, the people, and the wildlife that depend upon it.

Our vision

Secure, healthy, and ecologically sound environment for people and biodiversity.

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About us

We are an ecofeminist and collaborative environmental justice organization that protects biodiversity and defends People’s rights. We are dedicated to building resilience for human and environmental security, helping marginalized Indigenous Peoples and traditional communities make a sustainable living and protect their water sources, land, and the local environment. We strengthen the resilience of individuals and communities to withstand environmental shocks.

About us

The Environmental Defenders(ED) is an ecofeminist and collaborative environmental justice organization that protect biodiversity and defend Indigenous People’s rights. ED is dedicated to building resilience for human and environmental security, helping marginalized Indigenous Peoples and communities make a sustainable living and protect their water sources, land, and the local environment.

Based in Uganda and is active in the Albertine Rift region and the Congo Basin.ED strengthens the resilience of individuals and communities to withstand environmental shocks.

We support gender equality and reduce deforestation to mitigate climate change
We preserve land and increase biodiversity.
We support WEHRD's on stress management and well-being, including through psychosocial support, wellbeing, and advice at local levels
Women Environmental Human Rights Defenders discusses Free, Prior and Informed Consent during training workshop on physical security
We conduct awareness and education on environmental justice and women rights using radio talk shows
Capacity building workshop for Women Land and Environmental activists in Biiso Buliisa
Group photo of WEHRD's after a training workshop on digital and physical security in Buliisa district
We support women to participate in international and national events such as Womens Day
Digital security training for Environmental activists and Land rights defenders in Hoima district
Group photo of Women Environmental Human Rights Defenders and land rights activists after a training on digital and physical protection
We collect seeds and preserve native plants in tree nurseries
We conduct environmental conservation awareness and education
We establish demonstration plots and train smallholders on good agricultural and climate smart practices
We grow trees to safeguard biodiversity, protect nature, and fight climate change
We promote sustainable and climate smart agricultural practices for conservation agriculture and agroecology principles
We restore important habitats for biodiversity and climate
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Climate resilience & biodiversity​

We plant trees and restore degraded land; we collect and bank native seeds; we propagate plants and restore wildlife habitat.

Environmental Human Rights Defenders

We protect and secure environmental human rights defenders and conservationists targeted, harmed, and endangered due to their efforts to defend the environment, protect wildlife, land rights, tenure security, and livelihoods.

Community empowerment and Livelihoods support ​

We conduct environmental education and awareness campaigns.

We form, register, support, and equip women groups. Increasing agricultural productivity and market access, forming and strengthening producer groups and cooperatives through training, learning exchange, multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms, business mentoring, and coaching in gender, life skills, financial and basic literacy, and numeracy skills.

Support

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With your support, we can protect habitat for endangered species, provide direct assistance to conservationists and defenders at risk; provide livelihoods support to marginalized women groups; form and strengthen producer groups and cooperatives through training, learning exchange, multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms, business mentoring, and coaching in gender, life skills, financial and basic literacy, and numeracy skills.

Interested in sharing our story? contact us to schedule interviews and learning sessions about our work.

Contact us to discuss collaboration on:

  1. Research
  2. Co-project design, and implementation 
  3. We offer training for international donors on how to read, understand, and identify gaps in risk assessments submitted by possible and current grantees.
  4. We provide tailored made advice for international funders active in Congo Basin and Albertine rift, providing motivation and a framework for them to think critically and holistically about the risks their organizations encounter and reasonable ways to mitigate these risks for current and new program designs in the region.

Support

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With your support, ED can protect habitat for endangered species, provide direct assistance to defenders of lands, forests, and human rights at risk in the Albertine rift and Congo Basin; provide livelihoods support to marginalized women groups; form and strengthen producer groups and cooperatives through training, learning exchange, multi-stakeholder dialogue platforms, business mentoring, and coaching in gender, life skills, financial and basic literacy, and numeracy skills.

Are you interested in sharing our story? You can contact us to schedule interviews and learning sessions to shout out about the important work that we do.

We are open to collaborating with individuals and institutions anywhere whose missions are in line with our works. You can contact us to discuss collaboration on:

  1. Research
  2. Co-project design, and implementation
  3. We can offer training for international donors on how to read, understand, and identify gaps in risk assessments submitted by possible and current grantees.
  4. We provide tailored made advice for international funders active in Congo Basin and Albertine rift, providing motivation and a framework for them to think critically and holistically about the risks their organizations encounter and reasonable ways to mitigate these risks for current and new program designs in the region.