For the first time, the European Commission (EC) has opened an investigation against a country suspected of not enforcing the EU’s timber regulation. The investigation is looking into Belgium and other national authorities that are lagging behind on the enforcement of the timber law. The EC is acting on evidences that Greenpeace brought to its attention.
A mobilised group of 30 scientists from all over the world fought a proposal by the French Development Agency to Central African Forests Initiative (CAFI) from being approved. If approved, this would have meant resulted in 10 to 30 million hectares of the forest in the DRC disappearing.
Together with local partners and Kenya Forestry Services, Greenpeace Africa won a trophy at the Nairobi Trade Fair for the best interpreter of the theme: “Promoting Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and Trade”.
In Kenya, Standard Bank (Stanbic) withdrew funding for the Lamu coal-fired power plant. This was achieved in an initiative led by our our partners, 350.org and Save Lamu, who have been at the forefront of the deCOALonize Kenya Campaign, in a contentious court battle against the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA).
Greenpeace Africa successfully crowdfunded more than R100 000 to install solar street lights in Diepsloot, an off-grid urban community in Johannesburg . The community received 8 solar street lights that are providing safety to its residents. Read More
In March 2015, Greenpeace Africa published a report on the illegal logging activities of Compagnie de Commerce et de Transport (CCT) and its Dutch trading partner-Fibois BV. Greenpeace later filed a complaint against Fibois BV in a dutch administrative court for non compliance with the rules of the European Timber Regulation (EUTR) and acting negligently when importing timber from Cameroon. Fibois was therefore sanctioned by the Dutch authorities in 2017. The court used Greenpeace meticulous report as evidence against the timber company.
During a joint operation with authorities in Sierra Leone, Greenpeace found 4 infractions on fishing vessels. Three of them with illegal netting and faulty administration, resulting in arrests. Read More
As a result of a joint venture between Greenpeace Africa and Guinea authorities, 3 arrests of fishing vessels, illegally operating in the waters of Guinea were nabbed. The vessels were caught with shark fins and illegal nets and were fined 250,000 and 350,000 euros respectively. Read More
Three Chinese companies were arrested in the West African region during a joint patrol between Greenpeace and local fisheries inspectors. Evidences of various infringements including illegal nets, shark finning and fishing without a licence were handed over to West African and Chinese authorities.
We exposed two cases of illegal logging licences. This resulted in the DRC government cancelling these licenses, upholding the long moratorium on logging concessions which had been in place since 2002.Read More
Greenpeace Africa with the local partners successfully gathered over 18,000 signatures for the petition to the President of Cameroon not to renew the logging concessions of Herakles Farm in the South West Region. This grant was eventually renewed despite our petition, but encouraged local environmental activists to join Greenpeace Africa in opposing the project.
Together with the Environment Investigation Agency in Cameroon, we produced a video to visually highlight the negative consequences of the Herakles project to a national and international audience. There is presently a drawback on the company’s expansion initiatives due to limited investment.
Greenpeace Africa raised the alarm bells to the Cameroonian government and UNESCO when Sudcam Hevea was carrying out massive deforestation close to the Dja Reserve, a World Heritage site. Using our letter as evidence, the concerned Senators called in the Minister of Forestry for questioning.
At a roundtable discussion organised by Greenpeace, three of South Africa’s top Five Retailers, Massmart, Pick n Pay and Woolworths, indicated their commitment to lobby for an enabling framework that will allow for renewable energy expansion in South Africa. Read More
After Greenpeace exposed a vast gross tonnage scandal that had been ongoing for over 30 years, the Senegal Fishery Minister immediately responded and approved recommendations for administrative inquiry. This later was translated into ministerial directives on gross tonnage standards currently being implemented.Read More
The National Fishing Inspection Agency of Senegal released new regulations requiring newly built distant fishing vessels to provide a proof of adhering to the international tonnage standards.
Greenpeace Africa and Greenpeace East Asia released a report exposing over 30 years of illegal fishing by Chinese companies in West Africa. The report received widespread international attention and in June, our campaigners were invited to the Senegal Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the issue.
After Greenpeace campaigning for years, the Senegalese government took a decision to cancel 29 licenses of the foreign fishing vessels that were suspected of illegal fishing. This victory helped highlight the illegal and unregulated fishing in the West African waters.