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P&G gets a timely reminder: destroying forests is not “sustainable”

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | March 27, 2014

So, P&G is still ignoring nearly 400,000 of us who've written to its CEO, Alan G. Lafley. And P&G is still claiming the company is "committed to the sustainable sourcing of palm oil". But today, we did something it can't ignore:...

DRC logging is out of control as Chatham House study lays bare

Blog entry by Raoul Monsembula | April 3, 2014

Almost all of the logging in the Democratic Republic of Congo is illegal, says  a new report by the UK-based think tank, Chatham House . Though the figure of 87% is a startling one, it is not surprising for those of us here at...

Good news: APP to "protect and restore" 1 million hectares of forests

Blog entry by Zulfahmi | April 29, 2014

During the long campaign to break Asia Pulp & Paper's (APP) deforestation habit there are some headlines I thought I would never get to write. But the above headline, like  the news last year that APP would commit to 'No Deforestation'...

Johnson & Johnson: The path to 'No More Tears' in Indonesian rainforests

Blog entry by Joao Talocchi | May 4, 2014

It’s frustrating to think about the link between forest destruction and that bright yellow shampoo that miraculously allowed parents to wash their babies hair without igniting a burning-eyes meltdown. While human babies splashed around...

Can the FSC logo ensure protection of the world's most valuable forests?

Blog entry by Daniel Brindis | May 6, 2014

It seems obvious, but any operation certified as “responsible forest management” should not threaten the world’s most important forests. Although the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) features protecting High Conservation Value Forests...

Brazil's logging sector is full of crooks - and the Amazon is paying the price

Blog entry by Richardg | May 12, 2014

The Brazilian government has made several attempts to take control of logging in the Amazon. But despite high-profile crackdowns, the trade in illegal timber is vast and growing. Pará state is the largest timber producer and...

6 reasons stopping deforestation (still) matters

Blog entry by Jason Schwartz | May 15, 2014

Over the past few years, we’ve gained significant ground in getting major companies to move toward forest-friendly business models. You might think that means deforestation is beginning to be a thing of the past. We want it to be.

6 myths Indonesia's biggest forest destroyer wants you to believe

Blog entry by Richardg | July 14, 2014

Pulp and paper company APRIL, along with its sister companies, is the greatest threat to the Indonesian rainforest. But these destructive companies are telling fibs to stop their customers deserting them. Here are APRIL's six biggest...

Momentum Builds for No Deforestation Palm Oil

Blog entry by Suzanne Kroger | November 26, 2014

By now you know the problem: a rapidly expanding palm oil industry, eating up forests, draining carbon-rich peatlands, and sparking conflict with local people and workers. But if you had to guess at what is turning out to be a key...

Saving Peatland With the President

Blog entry by Longgena Ginting | November 28, 2014

Today we made history in the protection of Indonesian peatlands. I’ve just got back from a monitoring trip to Sumatra’s devastated peatland forests with Indonesia’s new president Jokowi, where the president witnessed firsthand ongoing...

APRIL, pulp and paper giant ends its deforestation

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | June 4, 2015

Indonesian paper giant APRIL just agreed to stop pulping the rainforest. With so many companies trying to put deforestation behind them, will Indonesia's President Jokowi follow their lead? We've achieved so much together. ...

Why International Tiger Day is about more than just saving tigers

Blog entry by Shuk-Wah Chung | July 29, 2015

International Tiger Day is a day to celebrate, raise awareness and protect the animals, and their natural habitat. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Here are ways you can help. The lion may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the...

Company destroys plantations to protect forest

Blog entry by Awang Kuswara | August 18, 2015

This is a story of how setting an example and persistently struggling for change can eventually lead to a turnaround by governments and seemingly recalcitrant companies involved in environmental destruction. “First they ignore...

How fixing palm oil could save orangutans from extinction

Blog entry by Achmad Saleh Suhada | August 21, 2015

The United Nations recently, and boldly, declared that orangutans could face extinction in Borneo. Why? Because deforestation is ‘simply unsustainable'. In Indonesia, we’ve shown that the palm oil sector was the single largest...

Tracking trees: How one Amazon Indigenous community is using tech to fight illegal...

Blog entry by Marina Lacorte | September 11, 2015

For the Ka’apor people of Brazil, protecting the Amazon rainforest isn’t just about climate change or wildlife. It is about survival. As one community leader explains, “It's in the forest that lies our life. Without the forest, we...

Reality check required on world's forests

Blog entry by Greg Norman | September 17, 2015

Such is the gap between World Forestry Congresses (5 years) that it prompted one of the facilitators to describe it as the forestry sector's Olympics and World Cup rolled into one. Taking place in Durban last week, the United...

“My land is not for sale.” One First Nation’s fight to save ancestral forest

Blog entry by Marie Moucarry | September 25, 2015

The Broadback Valley is one of the last intact forests in Quebec, Canada. For hundreds of kilometres, there’s not a road, not a clearcut, not a mine, not a power line, not a pipeline…just pure wilderness. And without protection,...

The generation living under Indonesia's deadly forest fires

Blog entry by Zamzami | October 7, 2015

The impacts of Indonesia’s forest fires are being felt most amongst Indonesia’s young, turning them into the “haze generation”. I flew from Jakarta and landed in the city of Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan, in...

1.4 million Brazilians just stood up for Zero Deforestation

Blog entry by Maïa Booker | October 22, 2015

It was an historic moment. After three years of campaigning, a coalition of activists, celebrities and civil society representatives crowded into the Brazilian Congress last week. They were there to submit a bill calling for an end to...

Choked in smoke - living in the thick of Indonesia’s haze

Blog entry by Zamzami | September 11, 2015

Smoke caused by forest fires and peatland destruction, is covering about 80% of Sumatra, Indonesia. And it seems like no matter how far you try to escape, the smoke follows. My wife and daughter should be at our home in...

Is Fonterra’s industrial dairying fuelling Indonesia's forest fires?

Blog entry by Nathan Argent | November 9, 2015

Thanks to Fonterra, New Zealand is implicated in the catastrophic forest fires currently raging across Indonesia. Fonterra currently imports a third of the world’s palm kernel expeller (PKE) to feed its industrial dairying herds,...

Sad, scared, alone. The baby orangutan orphaned by the plantation industry

Blog entry by Zamzami | November 13, 2015

For half an hour Otan wouldn't let go. Only eight months old, he already had a vice-like grip, his nails digging so deep they left half-moon imprints in the skin of his carer. If there were trees, Otan would be swinging freely from...

Meet the Indonesians taking climate action into their own hands

Blog entry by Yuyun Indradi | December 3, 2015

Just over a year ago, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo of Indonesia - one of the biggest emitters along with the US, China and India - visited a local community affected by the forest fires and vowed to tackle the devastating crisis.

7 wondrous facts about the Great Bear Rainforest

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | January 13, 2016

Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest: there’s no other place like it on the planet. As one of the world’s largest remaining coastal temperate rainforests, some of the richest and most wondrous ecosystems on Earth are found here. It is also...

After 20 years, Canada's Great Bear Rainforest gets the protection it needs

Blog entry by Eduardo Sousa | February 3, 2016

At long last, today we celebrate the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest  – one of the largest remaining coastal temperate rainforests on earth. Greenpeace Canada began protesting against the destruction of the Great Bear...

In Indonesia, a new tool helps communities protect their land from fire

Blog entry by Teguh Surya | March 17, 2016

One morning in early 2009, Pak Manan a resident of Sungai Tohor, a coastal village on one of Indonesia’s islands in Riau, Sumatra, took his regular walk to community land about four kilometres away from the village. When he arrived he...

Damn the dam: The threat one mega-dam poses to the Amazon and those who live there

Blog entry by Tica Minami | March 29, 2016

The Tapajós River – in the heart of the Amazon  –  is home to thousands of people and incomparable biodiversity. But all that could change if a proposed mega-dam project moves forward. At the moment you’re reading this,...

Sumatran rhino found while forest habitat is lost

Blog entry by Jamie Woolley | April 2, 2016

Last week, researchers announced the  first live encounter with a Sumatran rhino  in Borneo for over 40 years. But the human pressures that have pushed this species to the brink of extinction are still very much in play. A rhino...

Time for global business to stop profiting from Amazon destruction

Blog entry by Tica Minami | April 14, 2016

Huge hydropower dams in the Amazon rainforest aren't just bad for Indigenous communities, biodiversity and the climate – they're bad for the companies involved. Here's why. The Amazon is the world's largest remaining area of...

When palm oil companies get banned, are they willing to change?

Blog entry by Kiki Taufik | April 26, 2016

As Indonesia's president announces a temporary ban on palm oil development, one of the world's biggest palm oil traders faces a customer revolt over its deforestation in Borneo… and it could lead to some big wins for forest protection.

From the heart of the Amazon to the heart of corporate power: how Indigenous...

Blog entry by Daniel Brindis | April 28, 2016

Today, Munduruku Indigenous representatives and activists traveled thousands of kilometres from the heart of the Brazilian Amazon to the annual shareholder’s meeting of General Electric (GE) in the United States. Their goal: to...

Did you know this about tigers?

Blog entry by MeenaRajput | May 25, 2016

Next in our series, we turn to the king (and queen) of the jungle - the tiger. Here are 10 incredible tiger facts from forests campaigner Richard George: 10. Tigers have better short-term memories than humans Tigers’ have...

How well do you know the orangutan?

Blog entry by MeenaRajput | May 25, 2016

Next in the series, forests campaigner Richard George shares his 10 favourite facts about one of of our closest living relatives - the orangutan: 10. Orangutans are ticklish There are two kinds of ticklish. There’s the gentle...

INFOGRAPHIC: What you should know about the heart of the Amazon

Blog entry by Alia Lassal | May 30, 2016

The Tapajós River is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the entire Brazilian Amazon. But this river in the heart of the rainforest  and the people and ecosystems that depend on it  face a serious threat. Here’s what you need to...

Protecting the Amazon, side by side with the Munduruku

Blog entry by Danicley de Aguiar | June 17, 2016

This morning I woke up in the Sawré Muybu village with a strong sense of anticipation. Today we start a series of collaborations with the Munduruku Indigenous People to defend their ancestral territories and protect the heart of the...

8 Photos Take You Inside the Movement to Save the Amazon

Blog entry by Rolf Skar | June 30, 2016

The Munduruku indigenous community is trying to save its land — and with it the heart of the Amazon Basin — from a destructive mega-dam. I was lucky enough to spend a week with them fighting against deforestation and Amazon destruction...

The heart of the Amazon: destroyed?

Blog entry by India Thorogood | July 7, 2016

The Amazon: the threat of illegal logging, cattle ranching and soya farming are enough - but now a series of vast hydroelectric dams could flood an area around the Tapajos river, an area bigger than Greater London. The Amazon is one...

My first day with the Munduruku people

Blog entry by Ruby Powell | July 8, 2016

Today I arrived in the heart of the Amazon. Sawre Muybu on the Tapajos River. It was a early start because we flew from Manaus to Itaituba at 6am. The flight took us over extensive networks of rivers and forests. The deeper we...

Why I’m in the Amazon

Blog entry by Ruby Powell | July 13, 2016

I’m currently in the heart of the Amazon living amongst the Munduruku Indigenous People. We’ve set up camp and we’re here standing with them because the Brazilian Government is planning to build a mega hydrodam on the Tapajós river,...

'The river is our blood.' Standing with the Munduruku in the heart of the Amazon

Blog entry by Bunny McDiarmid | July 21, 2016

There is nothing quite like flying over the Brazilian Amazon. The forest spreads out like an endless green carpet, crisscrossed by ribbons of water, and goes on for as far as the eye can see. Banks of clouds break up the vast sky. As...

The Soy Moratorium, 10 years on: How one commitment is stopping Amazon destruction

Blog entry by Paulo Adario | July 28, 2016

A decade ago, the expansion of soybeans posed an enormous risk to the Amazon rainforest. Today, this commitment proves zero deforestation is possible. When civil society, private enterprise and governments come together to...

#WorldOnFire: Forest-fire smog has no borders

Blog entry by Khalimat Tekeeva | July 29, 2016

The vast, lush, green of Siberia’s forests is black and smoldering. The fires rage on, already scorching an area the size of Belgium, Luxemburg and The Netherlands combined - seven million hectares. I can see the haze 4500km away in ...

VICTORY! Mega-dam in the heart of Amazon cancelled!

Blog entry by Danicley Aguiar | August 5, 2016

On Wednesday, I had barely had breakfast when I was surprised by some absolutely amazing news: The Brazilian environmental agency – IBAMA – announced it would cancel the process for licensing the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) mega-dam in...

5 alarming facts about Amazon forest fires

Blog entry by Cristiane Mazzetti | September 6, 2016

The Amazon is being burned. Here’s what you need to know. From July to November, it is fire season in the Amazon rainforest. But while fires can be a normal part of the life cycle in forests, most of the flames in the...

Help Stop One of the Greatest Human-Environmental Tragedies of 2015 From Happening Again

Blog entry by Diana Ruiz | September 26, 2016

Last year’s devastating fires in Indonesia were devastating for public health and the environment — and every one of them was a human-caused disaster. A  study  released last week by Harvard and Columbia reports that more...

How palm oil companies like IOI have set Indonesia on fire

Blog entry by Adi Prabowo | September 28, 2016

This morning, while most of the Netherlands was still asleep, my colleague Nilus and I - along with dozens of Greenpeace activists - slipped into Rotterdam’s port facilities. The temperature is just eight degrees celsius, my first time...

To live in peace, meet the Japanese community fighting for their forest

Blog entry by Takashi Morizumi | October 25, 2016

For 20 years, the people of Okinawa, Japan have opposed the construction of a US military base that will damage the marine environment and endangered sea creatures like the Japanese dugong. Now the construction threatens to take over...

Too long to wait: Russia’s Dvinsky Forest could be lost in a decade

Blog entry by Erika Bjureby | December 13, 2016

Home to eagle-owls, wolverines, brown bears, rare plants and animals, the Dvinsky Forest is one of the last remaining Intact Forest Landscapes in the European part of Russia. Intact Forest Landscapes (IFL) in Russia are huge...

"Our forest is shedding tears" — a Munduruku woman fights for Indigenous rights

Blog entry by Vânia Alves | December 16, 2016

On November 27, the Munduruku Indigenous People traveled from their home in the Amazon to Brazil’s capital to demand the official recognition of the Sawré Muybu Indigenous Land on the Tapajós River. The Brazilian government is planning...

Revealed: HSBC is funding forest destruction

Blog entry by Annisa Rahmawati | January 17, 2017

Today we’ve let the cat out of the bag that HSBC - one of the biggest banks in the world - is funding destructive palm oil companies. Now its customers are waking up to the news that the bank card in their pocket is linked to the...

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