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Danzer feels the bite as the FSC show its teeth

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen | May 22, 2013

To the layperson the world of forest certification is often a technical one that does not seem to operate at what could be called a breakneck pace. However, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has this week reached a landmark decision...

FSC suspends Danzer's certification over links to human rights violations in DRC

Feature story | May 21, 2013 at 10:52

Today, we welcome the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) decision to disassociate from the timber multinational Danzer Group following a complaint that one of the company’s former subsidiaries was involved in human rights violations in the...

Knowledge is key to biodiversity, not technology

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | May 15, 2013

Agribusiness and commodity traders are thin on the ground at this week’s FAO conference in Rome on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. Despite its title, this event is of little interest to Big Food. After all, this conference is...

Forest destroyer gets kicked out of the club

Blog entry by Suzanne Kroger | May 15, 2013

It was one of those days when we felt like change was in the air – even if it was a small victory it was an important one. Yesterday, we confirmed that notorious palm oil producer and forest destroyer, Duta Palma, has (finally) been...

Indian Ocean Tuna Commission - Where To From Here

Blog entry by Dianne Mc Alpine | May 13, 2013

Forest destruction is visible; you can see the trees disappearing, the animals torn from their homes. But ocean destruction is hidden; our planet, which is predominantly blue, is under threat by industrialised fishing fleets, weak...

The loophole in our tuna labels

Blog entry by Dianne Mc Alpine | April 29, 2013

Today I discovered I am not the only South African in the Indian Ocean.   On the fringes of the Mauritian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is an area where fishing vessels offload their catch to another, often bigger, ship.  And it is...

Where a coal addiction has put us - the dirtiest air in the world

Blog entry by Melita Steele | April 26, 2013

Witbank, a town just outside of Johannesburg, has some of the world’s most polluted air – that’s according to new research reported yesterday . The massively high levels of pollution can be directly linked to Eskom’s string of...

Fighting for the (human) rights of DRC's forests communities

Blog entry by Karine Jacquemart, Congo Forests | April 26, 2013

A key plank of Greenpeace's work on protecting forests around the world is an obvious yet important message of putting "people and forests first". Yet it is a message that needs repeating, often to the many companies that use...

How rogue palm oil producers are getting away with forest destruction

Blog entry by Wirendro Sumargo | April 25, 2013

It always amazes me how the actions – or rather inaction – of high-level meetings in far-off cities can so seriously impact forests in my own country. Today, an organisation with the declared aim of ensuring environmentally...

The help our communities really need

Blog entry by Keanan Reis, Greenpeace Africa volunteer | April 24, 2013

The world often sees government's relationship with Greenpeace Africa as shaky, at best. When Greenpeace isn't chaining themselves to power-station equipment, or dumping coal at Eskom's Megawatt Park, they're being spied on, or being...

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