Duration: 2017 – 2020
Main activities: training, data collection, research, lobbying, awareness campaigns, law enforcement
Countries: Brazil, Ecuador and Peru
Initial funding: 14.8 million euro contribution from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund
Initiators: Hivos and Greenpeace
Hivos is an international organisation looking for new solutions to persistent world problems. Using smart projects in the right places, Hivos fights discrimination, inequality, the abuse of power and the degradation of our environment. In Latin America, we have a long track record of supporting indigenous movements, human rights activists and environmental organisations. Hivos has also supported many NGOs that help indigenous peoples in the Andes who are fighting for their land rights, participation and development.
Greenpeace is an international environmental organisation active in 55 countries that fights for renewable energy, healthy forests, living oceans, clean production processes and sustainable agriculture. Greenpeace organises successful, research-based campaigns that make environmental problems visible and motivate governments and companies to offer solutions. Greenpeace Brazil has a long history of cooperation with the indigenous inhabitants of the rainforest. (We deeply mourn the loss of Greenpeace colleague and friend, Carolina Nyberg-Steiser, who died in an airplane accident in the Amazon region on 17 October 2017.)
COICA is the main representative for all Amazon peoples. By lobbying on both the national and an international level, COICA and its national offices play a crucial role in defending and promoting indigenous rights.
ISS. The International Institute of Social Studies is a renowned research institute for developmental studies. In the past 7 years, the institute has studied the dynamics of conflicts and the collaboration in the management of natural resources in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Technical capacity building for the local monitoring activities and impact measurements are a part of this.
DD. Digital Democracy is an expert in modern media and technology, with experience in working with local forest dwellers. The organisation supports marginalised communities in the use of technology for the defence of their rights. Digital Democracy closes the gap between innovative technology and activism on a local level.
WRI. The World Resources Institute is an international research organisation that operates in over 50 countries. The experts of WRI are active in 6 fields, all in departments where environment and development meet: climate, energy, food, forests, water and cities and transport. WRI founded Global Forest Watch (GFW), an online platform for monitoring forests, with an alarm system that uses satellite information.
UMD. The University of Maryland is a public research university that contributed significantly to the international Intact Forest Landscapes map and developed an advanced alarm system for deforestation. The University contributes to the Global Forest Watch platform.
INTERPOL is an international organisation with 190 member states that supports police in the prevention and fighting of crime. In this project, INTERPOL analyses the information and intelligence gathered from monitoring and research. INTERPOL will report on this and support law enforcement authorities in the use of these reports on a strategical and tactical level.
Both ENDS is an organisation that combines environmental activism with development. Both ENDS analyses production chains and lobbies at a national and international level for the improvement of regulating mechanisms and due diligence. Both ENDS has a wide network of NGOs in the Amazon.
WITNESS is an expert in the use of video for social action. The organisation teaches local communities how to use video to more effectively convey a message and focuses on the way in which video can be used in a legal context.
ARTICLE 19 advocates for the right to information. The organisation offers training and legal advice to partners of the project and coordinates activities aimed at protecting human rights activists and activists who are being threatened. ARTICLE 19 is responsible for the setting up of a safety network.