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Calling Environmental Human Rights Defenders!

Dear fellow environmental defenders,

Good day! I hope this message finds you well during these trying times.


Amidst the challenges we faced during COVID-19 pandemic, the series of typhoons and

the volcanic eruption in Tonga, we are continuing to face environmentally destructive

projects that contribute to the climate crisis that threatens the lives especially of

vulnerable communities. Mining operations, logging projects and nuclear pollution

persists aggravating existing issues in different parts of the Pacific. In addition, not only

nature is in danger but also its defenders. There have been reports of instances of various

civil political human rights violations that hinder our advocacy of environmental protection.


It is in this light that the Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED) with the

support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Office of the High

Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) Pacific Office in cooperation with partner

organizations in the Pacific invites you to the Stand For Our Rights: A capacity building

activity for environmental human rights defenders in the Pacific on 16-18 March 2022.


The three-day activity aims to a sharing of experience and knowledge among

environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) in the Pacific, to share introductory

knowledge on international human rights mechanisms, monitoring and documentation of

human rights violations, free, prior and informed consent, and launching environmental

defenders campaigns and to develop recommendations or initial plans for collaborative

initiatives in the region.


The first day of the training on March 16 will be an online forum that will discuss the main

environmental issues in the Pacific that is open to the public. On March 17-18 will be the

training proper which will also be online is for registered participants only since there are

only limited slots.

Below are the registration links for interested individuals:

Day 1 Online forum (March 16) – Register here

Day 2 Training Proper (March 17) – Register here

Day 3 Training Proper (March 18) – Register here

Attached is the concept note for further details. For questions, you may reach us via

info@apned.net or apned@protonmail.com

Thank you and we hope for your positive response!


Lia Mai Torres


Asia Pacific Network of Environment Defenders (APNED)