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Dutch impose sanctions for violation of EU timber regulations

Press release | March 9, 2016 at 15:00

Yaoundé, 9 March 2016 - The Netherlands has today imposed a first-ever sanction on a Dutch company for violating the European Timber Regulation. The sanction follows a Greenpeace investigation into the controversial Cameroonian timber trader CCT,...

Greenpeace Africa reacts to verdict on DR Congo torture case in Yalisika

Press release | December 16, 2015 at 14:16

Kinshasa, 16 December 2015 - Five policemen and soldiers have finally been convicted for their role in a vicious attack against community members protesting against an industrial logging company in a Congolese village in 2011, but many involved...

050 - New DR Congo legislation undermines COP pledges on forest protection

Press release | December 17, 2015 at 13:25

Kinshasa, December 17 2015 - A damaging new forest law in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will threaten the livelihoods of communities and contradicts all the public promises made by the government at the recent COP 21 climate summit in...

United action needed to stem illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

Press release | September 9, 2015 at 10:39

Durban, 9 September 2015 –Congo Basin governments and their main timber trading partners must take concrete action to tackle illegal logging according to Greenpeace Africa. During the 14th edition of the World Forestry Congress in Durban,...

Congo’s forest communities suffer at the hands of irresponsible forestry sector

Press release | November 14, 2014 at 13:55

Kinshasa, 13 November 2014 - Logging companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo are plundering forests, using physical intimidation against local communities and failing to meet their obligations to improve local infrastructure, according to...

Greenpeace Africa instils forest values to youths during the 5th World Forest Day...

Press release | March 21, 2017 at 8:35

Yaoundé, 21st March 2017. Greenpeace Africa has today organised activities with youths to commemorate World forest day. This year’s festivities celebrated under the theme“Forest & Energy” underscores the importance of the forest with regards to...

Greenpeace asks for investigation of the Modern Express’ cargo

Press release | February 5, 2016 at 16:38

Johannesburg, 05 February. The troubled car carrier Modern Express that was recently successfully towed away from the French coast, has safely entered the port of Bilbao, Spain. It was on its way to Le Havre, France. The ship is carrying a...

Industrial palm oil expansion in Africa: not to be at the cost of forests and people

Feature story | August 24, 2012 at 8:26

Industrial scale palm oil plantation is rapidly expanding in Africa. After a first expansion of palm oil in West Africa, major palm oil companies are now investing in Central Africa, in Cameroon in particular, a country considered as a model by...

The new name behind the threat to Cameroon’s Forests

Feature story | May 6, 2016 at 9:49

After the slowdown of the destructive Herakles Farms palm oil project in Cameroon, following extensive environmental and social opposition, we had hope for the future. However, it now looks like the infamous operation is being resurrected under a...

German bilateral development cooperation in the forest sector:

Publication | October 22, 2015 at 14:48

The conservation of rapidly disappearing natural forests in the tropics is one of the priority issues of international cooperation. Large amounts of funding have been pledged to projects claiming to protect forests, forest peoples, biodiversity...

Herakles Farms continues forest clearing for palm oil project, sparking social unrest

Press release | November 19, 2012 at 13:45

Amsterdam, November 19, 2012 – A US-owned company is clearing natural forest in the southwest of Cameroon to establish a large-scale palm oil plantation, heightening social tension as serious questions about the legality of the project persist,...

Opportunity Knocks

Press release | November 23, 2015 at 11:00

The Missed Opportunities by China, EU and US to address the global trade of Congo Basin’s illegal timber - Addressing the “Calculated Ignorance” by influential Chinese Importers.

Challenges ahead, but Congo forest deal a promising first step

Blog entry by By Irène Wabiwa Betoko | October 2, 2015

The forests of the Congo Basin are a vital resource for millions of people. They play a crucial role in the fight against global warming; a threat that every one of us living on planet earth should be extremely concerned by, to say...

The Urgency of Now: The fate of the lungs of Africa hangs in a balance

Blog entry by Nchemty Metimi Ozongashu | May 15, 2017

As the plane from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), makes its descent towards Mbandaka airport, the capital of Equateur province, I am impressed by a beautiful canopy of greenery painting the landscape...

Precious intact forests in the Congo must be protected

Blog entry by Hilde Stroot | October 5, 2017

A source of water, food, and shelter the Congo Basin is life to many people and creatures. It is one of the world's largest tropical forests and is the fourth largest carbon reservoir in the world - meaning it locks away vast amounts...

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...

Let the Moratorium be!

Blog entry by Victorine Che Thoener | November 20, 2017

With the recent confirmation that the Congo Basin forest hosts the world’s biggest tropical peatland, the importance of this forest is now drawing global attention. It has a huge role to play in the protection of our global climate. ...

DRC's trees are endangered too

Blog entry by Danielle Van Oijen | July 15, 2014

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 ...

Cameroonians realise what Herakles Farms really plans for their forests

Blog entry by Greg Norman | September 13, 2013

As the rain thunders down, it becomes not just increasingly hard to hear the speakers but also to see them. The lack of light due to the poor electricity supply in this part of South West Cameroon means that as the clouds darken, the...

Video: Voices Of The Forest

Video | October 11, 2012 at 11:55

This song is a reminder of how our life is intimately linked to the forest. It is the earth's lung, which purifies the air we breathe, and the food, water and natural medicines we use. The diversity of life on the planet, and the future of our...

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...

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...

Pushing for transparency in Congo Basin palm oil

Blog entry by Amy Moas | June 30, 2014

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...

Herakles Farms: "Investing in Africa"

Blog entry by Brendan Schwartz | February 4, 2014

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...

Cutting to the truth on Congo Basin deforestation

Blog entry by Danielle Van Oijen | July 26, 2013

The Congo Basin is home to the second largest tropical rain-forested area on earth.  New research publicised this week suggests that the rate of deforestation in the region is actually slowing.  However this message does not...

Fighting for the (human) rights of DRC's forests communities

Blog entry by Karine Jacquemart, Congo Forests | April 26, 2013

A key plank of Greenpeace's work on protecting forests around the world is an obvious yet important message of putting "people and forests first". Yet it is a message that needs repeating, often to the many companies that use...

The Congo Forests take centre stage

Blog entry by Loan Tran-Thanh | October 29, 2012

The culmination of our events inviting the Congolese youth to stand up for their forest environment was a moving one. A year ago, we started with a poetry competition , and last weekend, we welcomed over 180 guests to a...

The Congo Basin forests have found the voice of their guardian

Blog entry by Augustine Kasambule | October 26, 2012

At the Wallonie Bruxelles Centre in Kinshasa today, we launched the “Voices Of The Forest” poetry book, a collection of 77 poems written by Congolese youth about their wishes to protect the forests of the Congo Basin. 30 of the young...

Action against Herkales Farms in Paris

Image gallery | February 5, 2013

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