Advocating for Environmental Justice
Our Environment Program focuses on biodiversity conservation, using media to increase public awareness of environmental issues as well as species re-generation; reducing illegal wildlife crime and investigating corruption associated to illegal wildlife trade .
Illegal wildlife trade is also often unsustainable, harming wild populations of animals and plants and pushing endangered species toward extinction. Endangered animals and plants are often the target of wildlife crime because of their rarity and increased economic value.
We gather, analyze and disseminate information on the criminal networks operating illegal wildlife trade and trafficking between Uganda and DR Congo ,advocate to raise awareness of the illegal’s wildlife trade (specifically focusing on Pangolin, Chimpanzees and Ivory trade) among rural population across Uganda and DR Congo borders providing fact-based intelligence to Wildlife Protection Authorities in the two countries.
All four of Africa’s globally threatened pangolin species are found in Uganda and North Eastern DR Congo, where awareness of the CITES Appendix I listing among enforcement agencies remains low. It also functions as a major transit country in the illegal trade; pangolin scales and Ivory sourced in DR Congo and other Central Africa countries are trafficked through Uganda as these illegal shipments make their way to the ports of eastern Africa. Recent estimates suggest between 400,000 and 2.7 million pangolins are poached annually from Central African forests.
Organised crime networks corrupt state actors along the length of the trade chain, undermining the rule of law, and impacting all levels of society. Low-level poachers are often from marginalized rural communities in Uganda and DR Congo and are exploited by the higher level actors.
The lives of marginalised rural communities sharing the ecosystem with pangolins may be further impacted by wide-spread poaching of pangolins leading to the degradation of
crops and vegetation important for livestock. Pangolins play an important role in the ecosystem by eating termites and other pest insects, while their habit of burrowing
improves soil quality.
Strengthening indigenous communities’ capacities
To defend and protect their lands, territories and conserve the environment
Bolstering ties for protection of land, environmental and human rights defenders in the Albertine region
Enhancing grassroots activism in rural areas through community dialogues
Watetezi.orgTracking human rights violations in Albertine Region
Ngetha is developing together with watetezi.org an online reporting platform to report human rights violation, election violence incidents, and environmental crimes.
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Forests guards (Rangers ) are accused of violating and abusing human rights of Indigenous community in and within Budongo Forest
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The real Avatar: A video about Indigenous land rights and Environmental Protection attracted mixed reactions from the community of Ngwedu,in Buliisa district
On August,17, 2019, Ngetha Media Association for Peace in Partnership with our on-ground Environmental Defenders and Land rights activists in Nwgedu,Buliisa district facilitated the screening of the Film “The Real Avatar” a film that shows an indigenous alien tribe...
Ngetha Media Association for Peace conducted Focus Group Discussion with Hoima Based at risk Environmental Human rights Defenders in Hoima district.
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New civil society-led report highlights attention to the main challenges for the right to food and demonstrates that ‘business as usual’ simply does not work
Following a broad consultation amongst social movements, indigenous peoples, small-scale food producers and NGOs, a new report is shedding light on the main obstacles – often unaddressed – that we face to meet one of our most basic right. Evolving around the use and implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of …
Bandung Declaration 2018: Indigenous leaders called on world governments to urgently uphold their obligations to protect Land and Environmental Defenders.
“We, Members of the International Land Coalition (ILC), on the 27th of September 2018, gathered in Bandung, Indonesia, for our Assembly of Members, following the Global Land Forum under the kind hosting of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Global Land Forum National Organizing Committee. We represent over 250 civil society and …