Rating: 4.88 stars   25 reviews


Location: 1350 Connecticut Ave Nw Ste 1100 Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: The Central for International Environmental Law's (CIEL) mission is to use the power of law to protect the environment, promote human rights, and ensure a just and sustainable society.
Geographic areas served: International
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

An outstanding environmental organization. I am grateful that you are committed to problem solving and global change through justice to the citizens who cannot otherwise create pretections and effect change without our help.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am pleased to have discovered the Center for International Environmental Law. Emails from this organization have been highly informative about events impacting important topics such as the environment, human rights, and, especially, resource-related conflicts occurring in Latin America. I have enjoyed their presentation series by experts from both the United States and other countries which have reinforced for me the need for diligent awareness of the activities which are giving rise to environmental harms and human rights violations.

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Rating: 4 stars  

This is a group working for environmental justice--not just controlling the poor in so-called 3rd World countries--but educating, informing, and empowering all of us to decide for ourselves. As an old woman on a fixed income helping the generations that follow me, my wishes to donate far exceed my income. CIEL allows me to contribute other ways as they work respectfully. I am grateful.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a citizen of the world and I am very concerned about the actions of irresponsible people only looking for their financial future instead of the benefit to the environment; I am grateful for CIEL for bringing to our attention the non-responsible actions of big companies in their pursuit of riches without regard of who or what is going to affect. We need more people and organizations like Ciel to bring actions like this to our awareness, because we can not trust the newspapers to denounce this atrocities, since they are all paid by big companies

Nelida Rivas
Raleigh , NC 27616

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 35 year-old Argentine lawyer and law professor, specialized on environmental law.
I got to know CIEL and their work through various professors and environment advocates, and also the amazing opportunity of working with CIEL's attorneys, fellows and interns, advocating for human rights and environmental protection.
Even though my experience lasted 5 month, I must say it felt as a life-changer. Not only I learned a lot from their expertise in the field, and built a nice professional and personal relationship with CIEL members, but most importantly felt inspired by their passion and determination to make a better world for us and future generations.
I have no doubts CIEL represents the best nonprofit international organization in the field of human rights and environmental awareness, and that their work will prove to be decisive to the protection of planet earth and those who live on it.
Keep up the good work!

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIEL is a fantastic organisation with a dedicated staff that serves a critical niche. Our organisation, Both ENDS foundation in Amsterdam, The Netherlands has partnered for several years with CIEL on building capacity of local people in developing countries to take action against the disastrous impacts of corporates and public financing institutions operating without regard to human rights, social and environmental standards. They deserve your support.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was first introduced to CIEL through an employee who was also a former human rights accompanier in Guatemala. Our church, Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA,) has been sponsoring such accompaniers since 2007 and is committed to supporting the struggle for human rights in Guatemala. While the rights struggle for many years has been primarily about justice and accountability with respect to the genocide that occurred in the 1980s, it is now increasingly related to abuses connected to international mega projects involving resource extraction and developing hydroelectric power. As is unfortunately the case far too often, those types of projects are disastrous for the indigenous communities, and the natural, spiritual and economic environment in which they occur. CIEL has been instrumental in addressing both the environmental impacts and the human toll that result from international 'development' that focuses on profits, the needs of the few, and the so-called 'rights' of corporations at the expense of those whose lives and livelihoods are being destroyed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

CIEL is a terrific organization with honest, competent and dedicated staff. I vote for CIEL as the best non-profit I have ever dealt with!!! Its Director Carrol Muffet and his team deserve every admiration!

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Dear sir/Madam,
Warm greetings from Pakistan,
We are voluntarily monitoring World Bank sponsored project" Sindh Agriculture Growth Project". The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved the Sindh Agricultural Growth Project in the amount of US$ 76.4 million. The project aims to improve the productivity and market access of small and medium producers in important commodity value chains. The project would benefit approximately 112,000 farmers covering over 66,000 hectares.
But unfortunately; yet we couldn't find any stakeholders meeting on safeguards nor a complaint mechanism developed so far by project executive team. We still don’t know what kind of sustainable development and environment friendly inputs and activities will be carried o under the project and where.
After the 18th Amendment in the Constitution of Pakistan, agriculture is sector/subject of province. Although Sindh historically is an agriculture region, but there is no any comprehensive agriculture policy of Sindh province. Governments certainly have a lead role in any efforts to improve the lives of these people food and agriculture, but governments cannot solve problems alone. There must be coordinated action that pulls together a global and national partnership of institutions, organizations and individuals in order to unite their energy and ideas into a common effort.
Therefore; here we request to responds our queries and advise us; is the project is for development of small farmers of Sindh, how this project will coordinate them? The project execution team needs to unfold the project activities, plans and strategies.
Waiting for your positive response,
Abdul Waheed
Executive Director

House No. C-14, Hyderabad Town (Extension) Qasimabad, Hyderabad-Pakistan
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SEARCH [Society for Environmental Actions, Reconstruction and Humanitarian Response] is environmental NGO working in Pakistan for food security, agrarian reforms, sustainable agriculture, participatory governance and rural development.SEARCH was established in 2011 in Pakistan and got it registered as an NGO (under the Societies Act XXI of 1860) with the Registration No: 6481 on 20th February, 2012.

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