This coffee table book offers different stories of environmental rights defenders across the Philippines ranging from community health volunteers, conservationist groups, indigenous peoples, to fisherfolk communities and others.
The book is divided into 4 sections namely 1) Tanod Gubat, which covers the stories of different environmental defenders and organizations who protect our forests; 2) Tanod Lupa, which covers the plight of land rights defenders against destructive “development” projects; 3) Bantay Dagat, which covers the stories of faces and groups who protect and conserve marine biodiversity; and 4) Manghahabi, which highlights the importance of grassroots community development workers.
Environmental defenders and development workers protect the world and the people hand in hand. Their role, aside from the promotion of sustainable use of limited resources and its preservation, is also to uphold the rights of the people and the land, including its sovereignty.
This project is made possible through the assistance of the Swedish International Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through the CSO Partnerships for Development Effectiveness, and the Shared Resources, Joint Solutions Partnership.