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[STATEMENT] World Wetlands Day

February 2, 2024

On February 2, World Wetlands Day, the Asia Pacific Network of Environmental Defenders invites everyone to celebrate the immense value of wetlands to sustaining human life and environments.

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[STATEMENT] International Reducing CO2 Emissions Day

January 28, 2024

Today on International Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions Day, we amplify the call to reduce global CO2 emissions to keep global warming below 1.5C and prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis, especially on vulnerable populations in the Asia-Pacific.

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Release Anti-Mining Environmental Defenders from Gadchiroli, India

November 23, 2023

The Asia Pacific Network of Environmental Defenders (APNED) calls for the immediate release of 21 individuals arrested in the Gadchiroli district in the state of Maharashtra, central India on November 20. They were among the residents of the Todgatta Village and around 70 neighboring villages who have been protesting for over 250 days against six auctioned iron mines at Surjagarh Hills since March 11 this year.

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Chardham Highway Project – for what and at what cost?

November 20, 2023

So-called development projects should ensure ecological balance and harmony and the safety of its workers and nearby communities. With this situation, we urge the government of India to stop the Chardham Highway Project due to ecological and security concerns. We also call for urgent action to rescue the trapped labourers and undergo rehabilitation in the landslide area. We hope that fellow environmental defenders would support the people of India for our common advocacy of protecting the environment and upholding environmental rights.

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APNED Q3 Recap!

October 12, 2023

This is a an overview and recap of APNED’s activities from July to September 2023!

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Release Filipino Environmental Defenders – Jonila Castro and Jhed Tamano!

September 19, 2023

Environmental defenders and civic space has been increasingly under threat the last few years in the Philippines. Those who protect our ecosystems and the communities directly impacted by it degradation are unjustly targeted by state forces and policies. The Philippines, holds the title as the most dangerous country for environmental defenders for 10 years in a row, according to independent human rights watchdog, Global Witness.

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[Media Coverage] Strong Pacific Opposition Against Japan’s Reckless Fukushima Wastewater Dumping

August 31, 2023

The Pacific Island Nations vehemently oppose Japan’s ongoing dumping of treated water waste from the Fukushima power plant into the Pacific Ocean. They believe that the release of the water would harm the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants and that there are still uncertainties about the long-term effects of the release. Additionally, they are calling for action from the United Nations Human Rights Council and its respective special rapporteurs to act upon the plan, which is against the universal right to a healthy environment.

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Environmental Human Rights Defenders Toolkit – Mongolian

August 10, 2023

The EHRD Toolkit was launched last year during the annual commemoration of human rights day! The toolkit is the primary initiative of APNED, along with UNEP, YECAP, UNDP, OHCHR, and CEC-PH, in supporting the vital work of environment defenders across the globe. Additionally, it is an evolving document that seeks to improve upon new developments and consistent consultations and inputs from fellow defenders!

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2023

August 9, 2023

August 9 is the annual celebration of Indigenous Peoples. They have lived in harmony with nature through their knowledge and cultural practices for centuries. Their time-tested ways are still relevant and deemed the best solutions to the triple planetary climate change crisis, biodiversity loss, and pollution. We must recognize their vital contributions to society. Their rights to self-determination, land, livelihood, and other fundamental human rights must be upheld and protected to ensure our transition to a just, inclusive, and sustainable society.

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[Statement] World Nature Conservation Day

July 28, 2023

Biodiversity as its tipping point. Our extraction and plunder of resources come at the expense of biodiversity, which is facing the fastest rate of extinction today and the continuous loss of human lives, primarily from environmental human rights defenders. We must strengthen our calls for accountability and more concrete actions from the business and private sector and world governments and institutions. They must heed our calls for the urgent need for a just and sustainable world by transforming our current approach to development, putting aside profit, and replacing it with a human rights-based and environmentally sustainable framework.

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