Communities, their organizations and Friends of the Earth International groups, use a variety of strategies in the defense of Nature and the territories. One common strategy is the declaration of free territories; that is territories free from mining, fracking, GMOs and other threats. It is not an easy task, but it is vital for community empowerment and public positioning and awareness. In this publication we share ideas and experiences to guide to Friends of the Earth International groups and allies wishing to use the declaration of free territories in their struggles. In compiling this report, we relied on the invaluable work and experiences of our groups.