Contracting party:         We Effect
Funded By:                      SIDA
Starting Date:                 January 2021
Ending Date:                    December 2023

The Environmental and Climate Justice Programme (ECJP) is a SIDA supported programme implemented by We Effect in partnership with the Palestinian Agricultural Institutions Coalition (PAIC). It is a coalition of six Palestinian environment, climate , natural resources and agricultural non-governmental organizations- Palestinian Agriculture Relief Committee (PARC), Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC), Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), Land Research Centre (LRC), MA’AN Development Centre, and the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ).

ECJP is a 36-month programme (2021-2023), developed in partnership between PAIC and We Effect. The overarching goal of the programme is “To contribute to improving environmental and climate justice in Palestine” and the specific programme objective is “By 2024, civil society organizations and right-holders have the capability to address and challenge structural barriers to environmental and climate justice in Palestine.”

Climate justice recognizes that climate change is as much a political and social issue as an environmental issue, therefore the programme uses a gender mainstreaming and human rights based approach linking the rights of marginalized community members especially women, youth and smallholder farmers with the obligations and commitments of duty bearers when it comes to environmental governance and rights, access to information and natural resources.

The consortium (We Effect and PAIC) will target five diversified geographic areas in ensuring wide outreach among rural communities in Palestine (Gaza, Area C in West Bank, Hebron District, East Jerusalem and Jordan Valley). These five geographic clusters will be analyzed through the climate vulnerability mapping study during the inception phase, to select the most vulnerable areas, sectors, social groups, local grassroot organizations, communities and targeted groups for the programme. Assessing vulnerability to climate change is important for defining the risks posed by climate change and provides information for identifying measures to adapt to climate change impacts.