The guardians of the territory

Strengthening international solidarity and support to indigenous peoples and environmental human rights defenders

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasises the crucial role of securing land rights and natural resources to eradicate poverty, and to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. Environmental degradation driven by political and economic interests aggravates inequality and impacts on communities, which are denied basic rights and face repression. Indigenous peoples and environmental human rights defenders are at the forefront of defending their territories against projects that exploit natural resources. They are under threat – 207 environmental human rights defenders were killed in 2017. Through stories of, participants will debate new strategies to defend and increase solidarity to those risking their lives to protect the planet's most precious heritage.

Organised by


Luisa Ragher
Head of Division Global.1 Human Rights
European External Action Service (EEAS)
Ariane Assemat
Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan
Joan Carling
The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development
Sabine Pallas
Partnerships Officer
International Land Coalition
Stella Matutina
Human Rights Coordinator