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Cameroon: An example of the work needed to combat illegal logging

Blog entry by Eric Ini | March 20, 2015

Policy wonks, experts, campaigners and other stakeholders  met in Brussels this week  to discuss progress under the European Union's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action plan. Yet the effectiveness of the...

A lesson from Fukushima: A safe, clean energy future will be nuclear-free

Blog entry by Kendra Ulrich | March 11, 2015

Today, the 11th of March 2015, marks the fourth year since beginning of one of the world's worst nuclear disasters: the triple reactor core meltdowns and catastrophic containment building failures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power...

Chimps' survival of little concern to agribusiness

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa-Betoko | February 23, 2015

The chimpanzee is one of mankind's closest relatives. However there are many of us who do not treat them with what could be called familial affection. Chimps and other primates in Africa face an increasing number of threats to their...

Cameroon timber trade: High risk, low reward

Blog entry by Hilde Stroot | January 23, 2015

The fight against illegal logging in Cameroon has been a long one – several decades long in fact. Therefore the conclusion from the influential think tank Chatham House that this process has all but stalled must have been hard to...

From "good to great": ecological farming is coming!

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | January 22, 2015

2014 has been a good year for ecological farming. Also called agroecology, this knowledge-rich type of farming which protects and sustains the diversity of life on earth is gaining recognition as farmers struggle to adapt to a changing...

People power, the only way to better manage Cameroon’s forests

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | January 22, 2015

Forests are one of the most critical resources in Cameroon. But sadly they are also one of the most mismanaged. They contribute to food security and, as in many developing countries, they are the primary source of energy, protein, oils...

Tropical deforestation is bad news – the science keeps telling us

Blog entry by Dr Janet Cotter | January 19, 2015

Deforestation is very bad news for the environment and for the climate. It is bad news for biodiversity and releases greenhouses gases into the atmosphere – we know that. But the science is increasingly certain that deforestation is...

Transnet's oil spill enshroud in secrecy

Blog entry by Delwyn Pillay | January 14, 2015

Disaster hit an upmarket housing complex on Durban's outskirts, December 23 rd 2014, when more than 200 000 litres of diesel poured out of an underground pipeline. The pipeline operated by Transnet, pumps fuel inland from the Durban...

No journey too far to protect Congo's forests

Blog entry by Raoul Monsembula | December 11, 2014

The Democratic Republic of Congo is roughly the same size as Western Europe. However its infrastructure is a far different proposition, and as a result it is rare – verging on impossible – that people from different parts of the...

Sailing to Ushuaia and Antarctica Reflections

Blog entry by David Barnard | November 21, 2014

11-Nov-2014 02:10:44 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi] Greetings from the Plancius (for the final time!) It is Tuesday morning (11h00 local time) and our last day on the ship. We are fast approaching the...

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