REDES was founded in 1988 and joined FoEI the same year. It has six local groups, as well as a youth branch called Grupo Juventil de Acción Ecológica. REDES approaches environmental problems from a socio-economic, political and cultural standpoint. Campaigning, information sharing,research, environmental education, and lobbying are key activities. REDES also organizes seminars, and conducts training courses on environmental issues and alternative technology.
Together with the Spanish-based organization GRAIN, REDES publishes BIODIVERSIDAD magazine, which focusses on biodiversity, genetic resources, local experience, and international policies. Current programs are: Sustainable Uruguay; Biodiversity; Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security; Trade, Environment and Sustainability; and Participation and Territorial Management. Active REDES campaigns include opposing GMOs, actions to halt a gaspipeline, fighting against plantations of exotic tree species, and working to stop open-pit gold mining. REDES takes part in the following FoEI campaigns: Ecological Debt, Forests, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Mining, Trade Environment and Sustainability, and Sustainable Societies.