Hesperian Health Guides

Environmental Health

Natural resource management and land restoration

Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
An international research institution committed to conserving forests and improving the livelihoods of people in the tropics.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
An international policy research institute that works with many groups, from smallholder farmers and big city slum-dwellers to national governments, regional NGOs, and global institutions to promote sustainable and equitable global development.

International Rivers
A non-governmental organization that protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them, in collaboration with local communities, social movements, and other partners. They publish Dams, Rivers and Rights: An Action Guide for Communities Affected by Dams.

Regional Community Forestry Training Center for Asia and the Pacific (RECOFTC)
An international not-for-profit organization that works closely with partners to support community forestry and community-based natural resource management.

World Rainforest Movement
International network defending the world’s rainforests, with links to regional and national groups.

Healthy Homes

APROVECHO Research Center
Information and training about low fuel cook stoves as well as organic gardening, sustainable forestry, and appropriate technology. Produces booklets describing how to build several simple stoves.

Boiling Point
A technical journal for people working with stoves and household energy. It deals with technical, social, financial and environmental issues and aims to improve the quality of life for poor communities in the developing world.

Solar Cookers International, USA
Assists communities in building and using solar cookers.

Toxics and Waste

Clean Production Action
Promotes clean production and the use of products that are safe for people and the environment.

Collaborative on Health and Environment (CHE) Toxics Database

GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives, or Global Anti-incinerator Alliance)
International alliance of organizations and individuals working to end waste incineration and to promote sustainable waste management practices.

Global Community Monitor
Supports communities fighting pollution through community monitoring and campaign support.

HealthCare Without Harm (HCWH)
An international coalition of hospitals and health care systems, medical professionals, community groups, labor unions, environmental health organizations and religious groups, working to make the health care industry ecologically sustainable.

Toxics Link
Promotes environmental justice by collecting and sharing information about community solutions to the problem of toxic waste in India and the rest of the world.

Mining, oil, and energy

Biogas Support Programme
Resources and support to learn how to construct a biogas plant.

An international network concerned with energy, sustainable development, and gender. ENERGIA’s goal is to contribute to the empowerment of rural and urban poor women through a specific focus on energy issues.

Green Empowerment
Promotes and helps to fund international community-based renewable energy and water systems and related watershed restoration projects.

Electricity in Households and Micro-Enterprises by Joy Clancy and Lucy Redeby, Practical Action Publishing

Micro-hydro Power: A Guide for Development Workers by P. Fraenkel et al, Practical Action Publishing

Mines and Communities
Provides direct support and advocacy for mining-affected communities.

Mines, Minerals, and People
An alliance of individuals, institutions, and communities affected by mining in India.

MiningWatch Canada
Campaigns to improve mining practices and support mining-affected communities.

Oilwatch International
A network that opposes the activities of oil companies in tropical countries.

Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)
Promotes, develops, and helps to fund village and clinic solar rural electrification and energy self-sufficiency internationally.

Environmental Law

Basel Action Network
An international network that uses international law to halt toxic trade and promote clean production.

Earthrights International
Public education, organizing, advocacy and legal action on behalf of communities whose environmental rights are under threat. Their website provides resources for education and legal action.

A non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting natural resources, and wildlife,and defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

International Indian Treaty Council
Works for the rights and recognition of indigenous peoples worldwide, and represents indigenous nations at the United Nations.

International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
A global network of NGOs working for the elimination of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

General Environmental Health

Centers for Disease Control
A US Government agency that provides a wide range of environmental health education programs and resources.

Ecological Justice: A Call to Action
A downloadable series of 6 workshops focusing on how the current environmental crisis affects poor, indigenous, and historically marginalized communities and the search for solutions rotted in these communities.

International Development Research Center (IDRC)
Magazines, other publications, and films about health, agriculture, and development. Materials in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic (some for no cost). Write for a catalogue.

Friends of the Earth International
An international network of grassroots environmental groups, with offices in many countries.