Centre pour l’Information Environnementale et le Développement Durable (CIEDD)
Centre pour l’Information Environnementale et le Développement Durable
Le Centre pour l’Information Environnementale et le Développement Durable (CIEDD), established in July 2010, was born out of the joint desire of certain intellectual circles, students and academics to do something to fill the gap they saw in areas relating to promoting environmental information and environmental justice in the Central African Republic, and protecting the rights of local and indigenous communities.
The aims of CIEDD are the following: i) to promote environmental information ii) to consolidate and centralise data on ecosystems and environmental information, and iii) to carry out advocacy on behalf of local and indigenous populations in the event of potential development projects being set up in the areas they inhabit.
CIEDD is actively involved in the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade and Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation action plans but focuses more generally on the sustainable development of natural resources, the environment and promoting the rights of local and indigenous communities. It promotes environmental information and justice and encourages young people to get involved in these issues through its training programmes.
CIEDD’s executive team includes a coordinator, an assistant coordinator, an executive secretary, an assistant executive secretary, a programme director, a deputy programme director and an administrator. Some volunteer members take part in the General Assembly and are on the board of directors. The headquarters of CIEDD are in Bangui.
CIEDD holds a strategic position among the NGO members of the Gestion Durable des Ressources Naturelles et l’Environnement platform. Several of its members are active in the following processes: Voluntary Partnership Agreement, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Transparency in the Extractive Industry Initiative. The crisis in the Central African Republic, which started towards the end of 2012, has not left CIEDD unscathed, even if its facilities, equipment and staff have survived unharmed. It is experiencing financial challenges resulting from the current situation, which creates another barrier for the organisation to overcome.
CIEDD has worked with Well Grounded since its creation, giving support to their independent observation project. Following the outcomes of an organisational diagnostic, Well Grounded is now helping CIEDD with its long-term organisational planning and is offering support and advice on dealing with the current funding climate.