Closing Civil Society Space: What Environmental Funders Need to Know

This briefing paper summarizes how the closing of civil society space is impeding environmental and conservation initiatives around the world.

Funders' Initiative for Civil Society

Published in February 2019, this paper summarizes the first year of discussion and analysis by the Environmental Funders Working Group on Civil Society – a group of more than thirty environmental funders working to understand how an enabling environment for environmental protection can help to underpin crucial climate, biodiversity, and landscape conservation goals. It sets out in brief how the closing of civil society space is impeding environmental and conservation initiatives around the world, the drivers behind these increased restrictions, and how funders are starting to address these challenges.