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Land and environmental defenders face growing threats around the world. Over the last three years, approximately 200 individuals defending the right to a healthy environment and territory have been killed each year. Defenders continue to be criminalized and subjected to violent attacks – including murder – within a shrinking operating space for civil society.

ALLIED works to build protection skills among defenders, strengthen government and business safeguards for defenders, and protect civil society actors who are addressing root causes of threats and attacks on defenders.

By sharing experiences, we minimize duplication and maximize impact. Within the ALLIED Coalition, some organizations have extensive experience responding to acute attacks and helping individuals and organizations build resilience. Others have experience advocating with businesses and governments to protect defenders.

We are learning about what resources already exist to support defenders, and sharing knowledge about how to access those resources. We are supporting members’ initiatives to improve safeguards and protections mechanisms, and so amplify their impact.