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  • DRC's trees are endangered too

    Blogpost by Danielle Van Oijen - July 15, 2014 at 13:50

    Afrormosia Tree in Congo. 03/23/2007 © Greenpeace / Jiro Ose

    When one thinks of endangered species, the usual large animals spring to mind. Elephants, tigers, rhinos. And quite rightly they are the ones who get the lion's share of the attention at the meeting of the standing committee of the Convention on I... Read more >

  • Here's how we’ll eradicate Illegal Fishing in West Africa

    Blogpost by Ahmed Diamé - July 7, 2014 at 10:10

    My years as an oceans campaigner in Senegal have really allowed me to understand many facets of illegal fishing in this part of the world.  Along with the devastating effects it has on fishing communities, slashing jobs and the size of catches, it als... Read more >

  • Successful energy-efficient clay ovens in DRC

    Blogpost by Bianca Bolink - July 3, 2014 at 13:41

    In Oshwe, a small forest community of around 22 000 people in the DRC, people survive by hunting, fishing, and gathering wood from the rainforest. As with many forest communities in the DRC, the rainforest is both a pharmacy and supermarket.

    Without ... Read more >

  • Pushing for transparency in Congo Basin palm oil

    Blogpost by Amy Moas - June 30, 2014 at 14:34

    The global palm oil industry is at a critical juncture. In 2012 we published a report that outlined how Africa is a new frontier for industrial palm oil production. This may bring much needed development to the continent, but it could also just as... Read more >

  • Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards

    Blogpost by Richard Page - June 27, 2014 at 15:03

    Coral Reef Nauru in the Pacific Ocean. 10/08/2011 © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace

    Recently, after sifting through a box of dusty 45s, I have had a Billy Bragg song, Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards, firmly stuck in my head. The song has lodged itself there, not just because it has a nifty piano hook, but because the lyrics... Read more >

  • Making the case for ecological farming in Africa

    Blogpost by Glen Tyler - June 12, 2014 at 10:10

    When I ask people what the backbone of most African economies is, the response is often a unanimous, “agriculture”.

    It goes without dispute that agriculture is the most important and largest contributor to the gross domestic product of most African e... Read more >

  • What future for West African fisheries?

    Blogpost by Ahmed Diamé - June 8, 2014 at 12:59

    Every year, World Oceans Day is an important opportunity for us to reflect on our campaign to protect West Africa’s ocean ecosystems.

    This year Greenpeace Africa and Senegalese fishing associations are marking the day with a public statement to fishi... Read more >

  • 150 Days to Running in the Snow of Antarctica

    Blogpost by David Barnard - June 5, 2014 at 11:12

    Time really flies. It feels like yesterday when the start of the 2014 Last Desert Race in Antarctica was still 200 days away. And now it is just 150 days to go…

    The urgency around my preparations for the race will increase dramatically in coming we... Read more >

  • Herakles Farms: Champions of Illegal Deforestation?

    Blogpost by Brendan Schwartz - May 26, 2014 at 11:50

    The lead up to this years soccer World Cup is already dominating international news.

    Meanwhile, Greenpeace has been closely monitoring another world-wide phenomenon: illegal deforestation. 

    One American private equity firm cum faux sustainable palm ... Read more >

  • ‘Climate Caravan’ lights up Cameroon with new tech + local alliances

    Blogpost by Lerato Tsotetsi - May 15, 2014 at 12:45

    It’s a question that’s plagued NGOs for decades: How do we tackle some of Africa’s biggest challenges, like energy access, water access, and proper health services?

    While many community projects are planned and started from outside and then fed into ... Read more >

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