Environmental Human Rights Defenders Toolkit

Published: December 2022

In July 2022, the UN General Assembly adopted a historic resolution on ‘The human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment’ (A/Res./76/300). Land and Environmental Human Rights Defenders (EHRDs) play an important role in advocating for change to environmental policies and in protecting communities disproportionally impacted by environmental harm.

However, EHRDs face a growing resistance to their work and are simultaneously vulnerable to human rights violations as they strive to support a sustainable future for the planet, including attaining the environmental goals in Agenda 2030. These challenges are being recognized and efforts are being made across multiple regions to support this important mission.

To further this goal, the Asia Pacific Network of Environmental Defenders (APNED) have compiled a knowledge toolkit which aims to provide practical reference for EHRDs to support their work while preventing and mitigating security issues. Read more from the APNED here or download the Tool kit here.

Learn more about the issue and explore ICNL’s analyses on Climate Change & Civic Space here.