The Environmental Defenders(ED) is an ecofeminist and collaborative environmental justice organization that works to conserve Biodiversity and defend Indigenous People’s rights in Africa. ED is dedicated to the protection of the natural environment and the people and wildlife that depend upon it, helping marginalized Indigenous Peoples and communities in Africa make a sustainable living and protect their water sources, land, and the local environment.
We are based in Uganda and are active in the Albertine Rift region and the Congo Basin.
The Environmental Defenders focus on protecting biodiversity, defending traditional and Indigenous Peoples land rights, protecting and defending environmental human rights defenders and land rights activists, and empowering communities through education and livelihoods support.
We believe that accepted environmental and human rights principles embody the right of everyone to a secure, healthy, and ecologically sound environment and that environmental degradation leads to human rights violations such as the right to life, health, culture, and livelihoods.