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• The Guide to Human Rights Impact Assessment and Management (HRIAM): The Guide is an online tool developed by the United Nations Global Compact, the International Business Leaders Forum and the International Finance Corporation. It was recently updated (June 2010) and has been developed for companies to assess and manage human rights risks linked to their business activities
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• Anton, D. K., Shelton, D., Environmental Protection and Human Rights, 2011, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA
• Leary, D., Pisupati, B., The Future of International Environmental Law, 2010, United Nations University Press, Tokyo, Japan
• Picolotti, R., Taillant, D., Linking Human Rights and the Environment, 2003, The University of Arizona Press, USA
"This volume gives an overview of key issues and questions in RBA. Rights and social justice related policies of major international organisations are reviewed. Case studies and position papers describe RBA in a variety of contexts - protected areas, natural resource management, access and benefit-sharing regimes, and proposed reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) mechanisms."
"Conservation with Justice: A Rights-based Approach discusses how an RBA might be implemented in the context of conservation-related activities that potentially have a negative impact on people´s rights. It introduces the concept of a step-wise approach to the implementation of an RBA to conservation." Dr. Alejandro Iza, Director IUCN Environmental Law Centre, July 2009
• IUCN´s Governance of Natural Resources Portal aims at improving governance of natural resources for poverty reduction
"The Bolsa Floresta Program (...) is the first project in Brazil to implement rewards to the traditional population for maintaining environment services rendered by tropical forests. (...)
The Forest Allowance Program rewards (...) families who live in the State of Amazonas’ Conservation Units and who are committed to zero deforestation" - More on the Foundation´s Forest Allowance Program and on the FAS´s Juma REDD project.
The GNHRE is an exciting project dedicated to bringing together scholars, policy makers, NGOs and activists from all over the world in a network for the study and the exploration of the important relationship between human rights and the environment. 
The project has two major elements at this stage: the provision of a website offering a free-to-access online research repository, and the inauguration of a related scholarly network. On the website you will also find researcher biographies, information about
our key formal partners and links to their websites, as well as to other relevant agencies. 
The scholarly network that runs alongside the online GNHRE project can be joined by simply emailing, requesting membership of the JISCMAIL group. Please also send biographical information and a photograph for inclusion on the GNHRE website.
The GNHRE project is formally linked to the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, the only scholarly journal in 
existence providing dedicated space for the discussion of human rights and the environment (see link above under the Newsletter and Journals section).
Created in 1999, the Center for Human Rights and Environment (CEDHA) is a non-profit organization based in Argentina which aims to build a more harmonious relationship between the environment and people.
Our work focuses on promoting greater access to justice and human rights guarantees for victims of environmental degradation due inter alia to the non-sustainable management of natural resources, and to prevent future violations.
The Center for Humans and Nature´s mission is to explore and promote moral and civic responsibilities to human communities and to natural ecosystems and landscapes. The Centre promotes greater conservation, biological and cultural diversity, health, and social justice in the interactions between natural systems and human communities. It aims to define and express a new vision of ethical responsibility and ecological citizenship.
Alongside the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law (CEL), the Center for Humans and Nature, an IUCN member organization, has been leading the Biosphere Ethics Initiative (BEI) since its inception, in collaboration with over 60 cross‐disciplinary, government and non‐government, partner organizations.
The goal of this project is to develop and advance a living soft law program of practical conservation ethics, with foundational principles applicable to everyone, yet workable to be region‐specific. It seeks and highlights the evolving ethics of biodiversity conservation as experienced through communities of practice and, through them, promotes ethically responsible action.  

Environment and Human Rights Advisory is a non-profit corporation whose primary work is providing, in the form of commissioned reports, information and analysis services to government agencies, private firms and environmental organizations regarding the human rights dimensions of their work.


We also collect and publish personal narratives of those who have been directly impacted by adverse environmental events or conditions.


Please contact us for further information.

Thomas Kerns, PhD
Executive Director


This Environment and Human Rights course examines the idea of human rights as moral norms, the philosophical and historical origins of the human rights movement and the recent work that connects human rights concerns to environmental issues. 


The course thus deals with ethical questions at the heart of many environmental issues, and explores practical ways in which environmental issues can be addressed when viewed through a human rights lens.


Thomas Kerns, PhD

North Seattle Community College is a website dedicated to understanding the relationship between culture and nature through the use of new digital media. In the literature and on the web, cultural landscapes often get represented as heritage by experts rather than living landscapes with ongoing interactions between humans and their environment. The purpose of this website is to provide a place in which diverse voices can provide a contemporary expression of cultural landscapes through written, visual and oral texts.
The Just Conservation network is an open space for all who care about the conservation of our world and who want to see it JC logoachieved with justice, compassion, dignity and honesty. Poorly designed or badly managed conservation work can damage people's legitimate interests, and involve human rights’ violations.
Those with concerns or information about such abuses often have difficulty knowing who to talk to or where to take their information. The aim is for this website to be a safe place for anyone with such information to talk about it or post it.

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