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Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD)

Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Joined November 2017

CEHRD works in Nigeria, with greater focus on the Niger Delta region, the hub of oil and gas production in Nigeria. CEHRD promotes human and environmental rights, and green development.

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Environmental Justice

CEHRD is a non-govenmental organisation that focuses on three main theme which include environment and conservation, human rights and gender equality, governance and rural development. CEHRD was founded on August 15, 1999 as the Niger Delta Project for Environment, Human Rights and Development (NDPEHRD) and was re-incorporated under its new name CEHRD in 2005. It is registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission as a charity organization (CAC/IT/NO. 19258).

The activities of CEHRD over the last 12 years spread within its main themes. In terms of environment and conservation, CEHRD has built the capacity of people in the local community via trainings that can provide alternative livelihoods for peole whose land and livelihood structures have been destroyed by oil spill. With regards to human rights and gender issues, CEHRD has defended communities against environmental abuses – a case in point is the Bodo vs Shell litigation. Many activities have been undertaken in gender issues and rural development.

CEHRD is a leading member of the African Mangrove Network (AMN) working together to protect and conserve mangrove forests throughout the African Continent. CEHRD is also a foundation and board member of the National Coalition for Gas Flaring and Oil Spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND) and the coordinating secretariat of the West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN).

People Associated With This Organization

Nenibarini Zabbey

Nigeria  
Centre for Environment, Human Rights...
Joined November 2017
Interests: Environmental Justice
I was born in Bodo, Ogoni in Rivers State, Nigeria. I studied Zoology and specialized in Hydrobiology and Fisheries Biology; I have doctorate degree in the latter. I am currently the Coordinator (Executive Director) of the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), a position I held since September 2012. From 2003 to September 2012, I was CEHRD's Head of Environment and Conservation Programme. I teach aquatic courses in the Department of Fisheries, University of Port Harcourt. My study of the ecology of Bodo Creek and subsequent sustained advocacy led to the payment of compensation to 15,601 claimants who were impacted by Bodo oil spill. CEHRD linked the Bodo community to UK lawyers, Leigh Day and Co. who litigated the spill case in London.
Being a human and environmental rights organization, that strives to protect the rights of vulnerable persons in Nigeria, joining Global Legal Empowerment Network would enhance CEHRD's capacity and networking outcomes.
Nenibarini Zabbey is the network champion (main point of contact) for Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD).

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