The future of the world’s forests is intimately tied to the struggle of forest-dependent indigenous and local communities. EIA is supporting their fight to secure land rights, monitor and manage their forests, and equitably participate in decisions on forest governance. Local communities and their individual members, who are on the front lines of illegal logging and large-scale deforestation driven by agribusiness, are the victims of multiple threats and aggressions. Building on our partnerships with communities and community leaders around the world, EIA is supporting environmental defenders, by amplifying their voices, exposing the threats against them, helping mitigate the real life risks they face, and when necessary offer quick response in tragically common life-or-death situations.
Despite growing global attention, defenders continue to confront ongoing threats to their lives and livelihoods, as well as an eroding trust in local and national authorities. As forest communities around the world face increasing incursions into their territories and theft of their natural resources, there is an ever-present need for greater means of communication, monitoring, and protection.