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ELCI has a large membership consisting of civil society organizations that share a common purpose – that of impacting the state of the global environment, for its intrinsic value and for human survival. The membership is drawn from the three ELCI Regions, thus: Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas.

ELCI, working with and through its members, has achieved tremendous results in the past in terms of championing the environment course and eliciting the much needed change. For example:

  • Leading the charge to successfully prevent the construction of the Jonglei Canal, a Sudan Government/ World Bank Project that would have drained one of the world’s largest wetlands, the 80,000 square km Sudd Swamp in Southern Sudan
  • Lobbying successfully at the 1976 UN Conference on Human Settlement for the creation of the UN Centre for Human Settlements ‘Habitat’ centre in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Introducing the Centre Report, a quarterly journal that initially reported on developments at UNEP. The report was renamed Ecoforum in 1980 and went on to become a valued instrument alerting groups on emerging issues and providing information on measures to deal with them. At the height of its circulation, Ecoforum was available in four languages (French, English, Spanish and Arabic) with a distribution list of over 7,000 organizations and individuals. This journal remains in production and circulation, with an online platform now available at
  • Engaging in numerous other initiatives including creating a directory of 3,000 NGOs/CBOs working on environmental issues in the developing countries, giving voice to little known CSOs doing good work in environmental issues, bearing witness by bringing local environmental issues to the attention of the world, building networks of like-minded environmental groups, providing information and research on environmental and health issues, providing small grants to improve the environment and taking up a number of environmental causes such as reducing the use of fuel wood for energy, speaking out against the pollution of the environment, promoting world environment day, the world conservation strategy, and the role of women in environment, among others.

More recently, ELCI has been in the forefront of activities that led to inclusion of critical clauses that legally protect the rights of women to land and property inheritance in Kenya; stopping government-sanctioned forest excisions that affected Kenya’s most important water towers – the Aberdares.

The CSOs join the ELCI Network, first and foremost, because they are united by the mission, vision and values of ELCI. The network enables them to exist within a family of like-minded organizations; to amplify their voices while championing the environment agenda in national and international development planning; to increase networking and resource mobilization opportunities; and to share lessons thereby strengthening their individual institutional capacities to deliver results.

Most importantly, the nationally and geographically diverse membership has the critical role of driving the agenda of ELCI, ensuring that ELCI’s work is consistent with present needs in environment and sustainable development, and that the activities reflect the needs and priorities as set by members. 

The membership elects the Board of Directors on a four year term basis, such as to represent all the four regions of the world where ELCI members are present. Current board members are as follows:


    The Americas      Asia     Africa and Europe
  • Mirian Vilela from Costa Rica.
  • Liliana Hisas from Argentina.
  • Dianne Dillon-Ridgley from USA.
  • Raouf Dabbas from Jordan.
  • Tanveer Arif from Pakistan.
  • Sunita Narain from India.
  • Rajen Awotar (Treasurer) from Mauritius.
  • Rose Mwebaza from Kenya.
  • Cyril Ritchie (Chairman) from Switzerland.


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