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Green Livelihoods Alliance

Forests for a just future

The Green Livelihoods Alliance (2021 - 2025) is an alliance of Gaia Amazonas, IUCN NL, Milieudefensie, NTFP-EP, SDI and Tropenbos International, with Fern and WECF as technical partners.

The Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) aims to ensure that tropical forests and forest landscapes are sustainably and inclusively governed to mitigate and adapt to climate change, fulfil human rights and safeguard local livelihoods.

In twelve countries in South America, Africa and Asia, as well as internationally, the Alliance works with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) and social movements to:

  • increase the participation of IPLCs in policy and decision-making regarding land rights and forest governance
  • strengthen lobby and advocacy to hold governments and industries accountable for deforestation and human rights violations.

A crucial prerequisite is to ensure the operational space and security of IPLC leaders, CSO activists, women’s rights and environmental and human rights defenders (EHRDs).

Prior to the current alliance, IUCN NL, Milieudefensie, Tropenbos International formed a strategic partnership with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this 5-year partnership (2016 - 2020), we worked closely with civil society organisations and communities in Bolivia, Colombia, DR Congo, Ghana, Indonesia, Liberia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Uganda and Vietnam to bring about inclusive and sustainable governance of forested landscapes.