Use of ForestDefender is intended solely as a guide for lawyers and activists seeking to strengthen laws, safeguards and enforcement related to forest protection and to empower communities to defend their rights.  International law is complex and its application can vary based on numerous factors unique to each case.  This webtool is not a replacement for consulting international lawyers or other national lawyers familiar with your specific circumstances who can work with you to more fully understand the legal implications of the instruments, frameworks and rights included in the database.

The information contained in ForestDefender is for general information purposes only.  CIEL accepts no liability for the use of the information included in this webtool, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  It is especially important that in doing any key word search, Users always refer back to the actual text of the instrument and consider specific qualifying factors related to her/his case.   

The links to other websites within ForestDefender are not under CIEL’s control.  We have no power over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or an endorsement of the views expressed within them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, CIEL takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control.

Finally, please note that when an instrument makes reference to another instrument, the rights from that reference instrument are not included in your search results.  Doing so would require further analysis that this analytcal tool is not intended to provide.