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Cameroon government orders Herakles Farms to stop palm oil project

Feature story | May 23, 2013 at 8:14

After years of controversy surrounding the proposed palm oil plantation in Cameroon, the Cameroonian government has ordered Herakles Farms to suspend all logging at its main worksite at Talangaye, in the Nguti region of the country.

Herakles Cameroon palm oil project starts to run off the rails

Blog entry by Laila Williams | May 22, 2013

Bruce Wrobel, the chief executive of Herakles Farms, claims his company’s efforts to flatten a chunk of Cameroon’s dense rainforest to develop a palm oil plantation are borne of a desire to address a "dire humanitarian need". Yet...

Creating a debate on sustainable tuna fishing is the first step towards change

Blog entry by Oliver Knowles, Greenpeace International | May 22, 2013

Our second ship tour of the Indian Ocean as part of the campaign for sustainable tuna fisheries ended last week. Combined with last year's tour, Greenpeace has been patrolling the region for illegal and unsustainable fishing practices...

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...

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