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  • Danzer sells its logging operations in the DRC — will its successor do any better?

    Blogpost by Mike Baillie and Monica Davies - March 22, 2012 at 8:59

    After months of rumours, it’s official: Danzer has sold its industrial logging operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    Effective February 23rd, its subsidiary Siforco (which holds logging rights to around 2,1 million hectares of forest... Read more >

  • 20 March 2012

    A Mountain Gorilla, one of the 218 mammal species that make Virunga National Park in the DRC their home. © Greenpeace / Takeshi Mizukoshi

     

    The Virunga National Park, Africa’s oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated along the border of DRC and Uganda.

    The Park is a haven for over 218 mammal and 706 bird species, a beautifully lush environment where biodiversity is flour... Read more >

  • Coming Soon: Sun-Powered Forest Radio

    Blogpost by Michael Baillie, Augustine Kasambule - March 15, 2012 at 14:43

    Oshwe is a forest community of around 22 000 people living deep in the indigenous rainforests of the DRC. Ringed by thick foliage and rivers, it can only be reached by plane from Kinshasa.

    There is no electricity in Oshwe, and no telephone lines eith... Read more >

  • Fukushima, One Year After...

    Blogpost by Kumi Naidoo - March 12, 2012 at 8:11

    Today our thoughts are once more with the people of Japan; our condolences are with those who lost their loved ones and our admiration is with those who are valiantly rebuilding their lives and communities one year after the earthquake and tsun... Read more >

  • Activist Voices: The Day I Did a Nuclear Clean Up

    Blogpost by Taahir and Neoka - March 6, 2012 at 14:30

    Yesterday activists staged a nuclear clean up on a beach in Cape Town. Here two activists speak about thier experience and what they were hoping to achieve. 

    Fukushima Day Of Action, Cape Town

     

    Taahir

    After just a few hours of sleep we woke up at 3am feeling a bit tired, but... Read more >

  • Stop Fishing Away Africa's Future

    Blogpost by Raoul Monsembula, onboard the Arctic Sunrise - March 1, 2012 at 16:18

    On the bridge of the Arctic Sunrise, it is not hard to see what the problem in West African waters is. On the radar, within a range of 20 nautical miles, I see the little blips of nine super trawlers.

    They are fishing the West African waters, bu... Read more >

  • From the Land of the Rising Sun: A stark reminder to protect our future

    Blogpost by Dianne McAlpine - February 28, 2012 at 11:08

    It is not every day you meet somebody who fortifies your attitudes about every day events so drastically, that you find yourself completely blindsided by your assumptions and beliefs. This happened to me the day I collected Ms. Ayako Oga from the airp... Read more >

  • Silence and contamination, legacies of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Blogpost by Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International - February 27, 2012 at 14:15

    Nearly a year after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, it’s time to take a look at its legacy and take an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the people who continue to suffer the impacts. We’re calling for a nuclear free, renewable future... Read more >

  • Action at Kusile Power Station in Africa

    Aerial image shows Greenpeace activists hanging from a crane inside Eskom's Kusile power plant in the Delmas municipal area of the Mpumalanga province, with banners reading 'Kusile: Climate Killer'. Greenpeace is calling on the state owned utility ESKOM to abandon Kusile coal fired power plant, which is set to become world’s fourth most polluting power plant in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and to instead invest in both green energy sources and jobs. © Benedicte Kurzen / Greenpeace

     

    Did you also see the headlines: “How the budget affects you; Budget and your pocket; Budget and you”, which I passed on my way to work yesterday morning? Every year South Africans pay close attention to the Finance Minister’s budget speech, ... Read more >

  • “No” to the selling of Africa’s future

    Blogpost by Prudence Wanko - February 23, 2012 at 11:19 1 comment

    Greenpeace and Senegalese Fishermen Tackle Overfishing

    Crew members of the Greenpeace's ship Arctic Sunrise deploy banners in front of Russian fishing trawler VASILIY LOZOVSKIY 20 miles off the coast of Senegal. West African waters including those of Senegal have been subject to overfishing for decades, the effects of which are being felt by local communities. The scientific community recognizes that fishing capacity of many stocks must be reduced in order to ensure the long term sustainability of West Africa’s marine resources. Greenpeace is campaigning in West Africa for the establishment of a sustainable, low impact fisheries policy that takes into account the needs and interests of small-scale fishermen and the local communities that depend on healthy oceans. © Pierre Gleizes / Greenpeace

    As Senegalese presidential hopefuls battle it out ahead of the upcoming elections, Greenpeace and community fishermen are calling on them to make African fisheries – and the many livelihoods that depend on them – a priority.

    Earlier last wee... Read more >

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