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  • Tackling illegal logging should not be a yearly event

    Blogpost by Danielle van Oijen - March 4, 2014 at 11:49

    Anniversaries can vary in significance, both to people individually and to wider audiences. On paper, the first anniversary of the introduction of a piece of timber legislation might not be a birthday that is chalked up in many people’s calenda... Read more >

  • No fracking, thank you!

    Blogpost by Dianne Mc Alpine - February 17, 2014 at 17:44

    Fracking, the process of blasting water, sand, and a cocktail of chemicals deep underground in order to get gas or oil or oil out of shale rock, has been a hotly debated subject for some time in Southern Africa. Groups such as Treasure the Karoo Actio... Read more >

  • My Journey With Greenpeace Africa

    Blogpost by Prudence Wanko - February 12, 2014 at 12:53

    When I stepped into Greenpeace back in October 2008, I was told I was the first African lady to join this organisation in Africa. I felt it was a continuation of the duty I started when I worked at Oxfam. With the latter, I was responding to humanitar... Read more >

  • Herakles Farms: "Investing in Africa"

    Blogpost by Brendan Schwartz - February 4, 2014 at 17:00

    Herakles Farms sign in Cameroon

    Herakles Farms is a gem of a company claiming to "invest" in "sustainable" agriculture in Africa, in particular in a forested corner of the South West region of Cameroon. It's a crowded market, but what makes them so different? What sets them ap... Read more >

  • Time to stop harassment of Cameroon’s NGOs

    Blogpost by Fiona Musana - January 31, 2014 at 9:51

    Many civil society groups in Africa have to work under a threat of intimidation on an almost daily basis. Far from the headlines, grassroots organizations across the continent are harassed, often violently by both the official and corporate world for ... Read more >

  • Don't bet on coal and oil growth

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - January 24, 2014 at 16:25

    A mind-boggling sum of about $800 for each person on the planet is invested into fossil fuel companies through the global capital markets alone. That’s roughly 10% of the total capital invested in listed companies. The amount of money invested into th... Read more >

  • Repeat offender – the Russian factory trawler seized by Senegal

    Blogpost by Greenpeace UK - January 15, 2014 at 16:21

    15 January 2014 Repeat offender – the Russian factory trawler seized by Senegal

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    Have you heard the one about Greenpeace controlling the French Navy? No, me neither. But you might be forgiven for being confused by some recent reports about the Russian trawler seized in West Africa.

    Pirate fishing is a big problem. Someti... Read more >

  • Arrest of the Oleg Naydenov shows flag States need to better control their fleets

    Blogpost by Daniel Simons - January 9, 2014 at 15:17

    In the summer of 2012, small-scale Senegalese fishermen reported a rapid and significant increase in their catches. They attributed their rising fortunes to newly elected President Macky Sall's decision to revoke the licences of 29 large foreign trawl...

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  • Oleg yet again!

    Blogpost by Prudence Wanko - January 8, 2014 at 11:03

    07 January 2014 Russian vessel Oleg Naydenov in Dakar port after its arrest

    Following the detention of the Russian-flagged trawler the “Oleg Naydenov” by the Senegalese national navy on charges of illegal fishing, Greenpeace reiterates its support to the government of Senegal for the enforcement of fisheries legislation and calls on the President and his government to remain firm on its commitment to put an end to illegal activities by such vessels.

    The Russian trawler Oleg Naydenov has once again been the main player in the saga "IUU fishing off the Senegalese coasts." In late December, it was caught engaged in suspected looting in southern Senegal by the National Navy.

    Oleg is used to... Read more >

  • Can deforestation affect global weather patterns?

    Blogpost by Dr. Janet Cotter - December 17, 2013 at 15:02


    Forests, like other ecosystems, provide ‘ecosystem services’. These are services people need (such as pollination and flood control) and use, but often don’t realise we depend on. They provide us with essential services like the uptake and storag... Read more >

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