Cercle pour la defense de l'environnement (Circle for the Defence of the Environment) - CEDEN, is a Congolese legal NGO created in 2003, based in the La Gombe district of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CEDEN operates in the DRC with the authorisation of the Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism (n°0131 /CAB/MIN/ECN-EF/2006) and was accorded legal status as a not-for-profit organisation through a Ministerial Decree of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights (n°424/CAB/MIN/J & DH/2011) on 26 August 2011.
CEDEN’s work includes:-
• The protection and the participatory management of natural resources with a view to developing and integrating marginalised and impoverished communities;
• Identifying and promoting local techniques and attitudes which contribute to the sustainable management of resources;
• Serving as a resource for women, men and young leaders for environmental education, responsible citizenship education and the struggle against everything that is dehumanising with regards to the environment (social injustice, genetically modified organisms, etc.), that accentuates the desperation of communities and that does not allow them to participate in the protection and the sustainable management of their environment;
• Organising and accompanying grass-roots and community-based groups and organisations in the promotion of life for all.
CEDEN’s activities currently stretch across the following provinces and territories in the Democratic Republic of Congo:
• Orientale Province - in the town of Kisangani and in the territories of Isangi and Basoko.
• Equateur Province – in the Bikoro, Lukolel, Ingende, Lisala and Bongandanda territories.
• Bandundu Province – in the Inongo, Yumbi, Mushie and Kutu territories.
CEDEN campaigns for an equal and healthy society, in a healthy and biodiversity-rich environment, for all generations.