Publications

Over 40 NGOs call on donor governments to intervene to stop new logging plans in the Congo rainforest

September 2021

As international donors prepare to announce a purported 1 USD billion forest protection agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the DRC government is planning to lift a moratorium on…

NGOs letter to donor governments

September 2021

Imminent threat to the Congo Basin rainforest from the lifting of the DRC moratorium on new logging concessions

Democratic Republic of Congo : The sell-off of the forest continues

August 2021

While threatening to lift the 2002 moratorium on new forest concessions - an attempt to raise the stakes in the run-up to the COP26 in November - Deputy Prime Minister…

Illegal mining in Democratic Republic of Congo: Greenpeace Africa demands cancellation of mining license from Chinese company Kimia Mining

August 2021

Greenpeace Africa supports the demand by a group of 205 local NGOs to cancel the mining permit of the Chinese firm Kimia Mining located within the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, a…

License to kill in the Democratic Republic of Congo: Greenpeace Africa joins the outcry against the legalization of killing protected species

August 2021

4 August 2021, Kinshasa – Greenpeace Africa supports the call of over a hundred local NGOs as well as the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN) to immediately cancel a…

Greenpeace Africa responds to the cancellation of oil blocks in Salonga National Park, urging similar decisions to be taken in Virunga and the rest of the Cuvette Centrale threatened by oil blocks

July 2021

On Monday the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to remove Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Lifting DRC’s moratorium on new logging concessions would be a human rights and climate disaster, warn Greenpeace Africa, Rainforest Foundation UK and Rainforest Foundation Norway

July 2021

13 July 2021, Kinshasa – Greenpeace Africa, the Rainforest Foundation UK and the Rainforest Foundation Norway are alarmed over a plan announced by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Environment…

A Belgian Concessionaire In Congo’s Forest, Again

June 2021

Just as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was trying last year to launch its first land-use planning reform, the then Environment Minister Claude Nyamugabo sealed the fate of a…

GREENPEACE AFRICA SOLIDARITY MESSAGE TO THE POPULATION OF GOMA AND SURROUNDING AREAS

May 2021

As the world watches in shock at these eruptions which have impacted so many lives in Goma, we express our deepest sadness, sympathies and wishes for strength and courage to…

Greenpeace Africa reacts to the Biden Leaders Summit on Climate

April 2021

With the US President Joe Biden’s ‘Leaders Summit’ underway and five African Presidents at the table, Greenpeace Africa is highlighting what leaders in Africa and around the world need to…

Greenpeace Africa welcomes new law on the rights of Congolese indigenous peoples

April 2021

April 08, Kinshasa – Greenpeace Africa welcomes the decision by the DRC’s National Assembly to adopt a law that recognizes and protects the specific rights of Indigenous People.

Greenpeace Africa Reacts to Alarming UN Plastic Report Findings

March 2021

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a scaithing report about plastic and environmental inequality, which shows how countries within the Global South are being force-fed plastic pollution by wealthy…

Greenpeace Africa reacts to strict measures against water sachets announced in Kinshasa

March 2021

PRESS RELEASEKinshasa’s governor, Mr. Gentiny Ngobila, announced new measures last Friday to prosecute all sale or production of single-use plastic water sachets in the capital city

President Joe Biden’s climate ambitions must include land-rights for forest communities

March 2021

The article was originally published in Climate Home News on March 16, 2021 

5 Points to Understand Congo’s Logging Moratorium

March 2021

This blog explains what the moratorium on new logging concessions in DRC is, how it was violated and why restoring it is essential for both people and nature.

Certification schemes such as FSC are greenwashing forest destruction

March 2021

Certified companies, including the widely-known FSC label, are reportedly linked to forest destruction, land disputes and human rights abuses, warns a new report from Greenpeace…

New illegal forest concessions in the DRC: the Environment Minister has done it again

February 2021

Greenpeace Africa calls on the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, to order the immediate cancellation of four illegal forest concession contracts

Time to build on ancestral methods of conservation and empower indigenous communities for a healthier planet

September 2020

My mum told me that my grandfather was a forest engineer and leader. I didn’t get a chance to meet him as he passed away before I was born. He…

DEUTSCHE BANK’S LOAN TO HALCYON AGRI: A NEW LOW IN DUE DILIGENCE

July 2020

Yaoundé, 03 July 2020 – Greenpeace Africa calls for the immediate cancellation of Deutsche Bank’s $25 million loan to Singapore-based rubber producer Halcyon Agri to support investments in its Cameroon…

140+ Africans on Zoom action to #SaveCongoRainforest on Biodiversity Day

May 2020

May 22, Johannesburg – More than 140 activists from across Africa gathered today in a Zoom action on the International Day of Biodiversity. Youth activists in Africa and around the…

Worried about biodiversity? End Industrial Activity in the Rainforest

May 2020

As we write this article, the world is still dealing with the COVID19 pandemic. Since the crisis began, it had repeatedly been shown that a healthy and undisturbed nature, especially…

CAFI and illegal award of DRC logging concessions

March 2020

Dear Ms. Bretas, Let me first extend my best wishes to the Board in this time of global crisis. We’re writing with reference to CAFI’s silence regarding the illegal award…

Congo's Environment Minister must react to the first major logging scandal since assuming office

March 2020

Kinshasa, 4 March 2020 – Following reports that the DRC Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, Claude Nyamugabo, signed at least nine logging concession contracts in January [1], Greenpeace Africa joins…

Greenpeace Africa stands with jailed community leaders in Kisangani: “Environmental criminals belong behind bars - not people fighting for justice”

February 2020

Kinshasa, 13 February 2020 Greenpeace Africa joins a call for the release of five community leaders from Yalifombo, who will again appear in court next week in Kisangani after their…

Fighting for climate action but barred from COP25: what did these Congolese forest defenders want to say in Madrid?

December 2019

Kinshasa, 10 December 2019 Greenpeace Africa and a coalition of eight NGOs from the two Congos are calling for the immediate cancellation of all industrial activities in peatlands, including oil…

Greenpeace on Inga III: Congo’s natural Resources belong to the Congolese - not to Multinationals

October 2019

Kinshasa, 28 October 2019 Greenpeace Africa welcomes a new report from Resource Matters and Congo Research Group confirming suspicions that the $14 billion Inga III hydroelectric project in the Democratic…

Rainforest Foundation UK and Greenpeace Africa express Alarm at Norway/France-funded Project intended to protect Rainforests

September 2019

Johannesburg, 23 September. An agreement between the governments of France and Norway and the Republic of Congo to protect its rainforest and peatlands gives a green light to oil exploitation…

Violent Arrests and Torture expose the Myth of ‘Development’

September 2019

On the night of 12 September, several members of the Yalifombo community in Tshopo province were arrested by Congolese national police driving a Feronia PHC jeep and accompanied by Feronia…

President Tshisekedi’s noble Ambitions in New York require tough Action in Kinshasa

September 2019

Kinshasa, 23 September 2019 – President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi spoke today (Monday) at the UN Secretary General  Climate Action Summit of the strategic…

Greenpeace Africa on Congo-Brazzaville CAFI agreement: “Peatlands must be a no-go zone for all industrial activity”

September 2019

Johannesburg, 4 September 2019 – Greenpeace Africa denounces the surprise signature of a CAFI Letter of Intent (LoI) by the presidents of France and the Republic of the Congo giving…

“Protected Status of Mukula Tree is Good News for Africa's Miombo Woodlands” - Greenpeace Africa

August 2019

Kinshasa, 30 August 2019. Greenpeace Africa documented large scale fraudulent logging of mukula timber in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August 2016. Today, the protected status of the…

Greenpeace calls on Governments to act ahead of Fires hitting Africa's Rainforest

August 2019

Kinshasa, 27 August 2019. Since August 21, more than 6,902 fires in Angola and 3,395 fires in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo have been documented, predominantly in the savanna area.…

European Union must demand the cancellation of the Cuvette Centrale oil blocks

August 2019

Following the meeting last July 31 between traditional leaders from the area around the UNESCO World Heritage Site Salonga National Park and the EU delegation in Kinshasa, where the oil…

To empower communities, DRC should grant them more forest concessions

August 2019

March 2019, almost a year after the indigenous people from Lokolama village in the Equateur province filed their application for a forest concession, I went back there to celebrate with…

Congo-Brazzaville’s handout of peatland oil blocks: a declaration of war on the planet

July 2019

South Africa, July 23, 2019: Greenpeace Africa calls for the cancellation of all oil blocks in the carbon-rich rainforest of the Republic of the Congo. 58% of the country’s peat swamp…

DRC: Greenpeace Africa welcomes the criminal conviction of three wildlife traffickers

July 2019

Kinshasa, 9 July 2019 – Following the conviction of three wildlife traffickers to a term of five months imprisonment and the payment of damages of $ 5,000 by the Tribunal…

Illegal logging concessions should be urgently cancelled - Greenpeace Africa

July 2019

Kinshasa, 05 July 2019 – Civil society organisations who are signatories of the CSO declaration on the allocation of new forest concessions by the State have made recommendations [1] to…

The world’s largest complex of tropical peatlands under threat due to industrial activities

June 2019

Kinshasa, June 28, 2019 – Greenpeace Africa calls on the governments of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo to ban all industrial activity in the world’s…

Greenpeace expedition to the Congo Basin forest: “Industrial activity in the peatlands can detonate a 30,6 billion tonnes carbon bomb”

June 2019

Kinshasa, June 26, 2019 – Greenpeace Africa and scientists from the Universities of Leeds (UK) and Kisangani (DRC) have concluded an expedition to the peatlands of the Congo Basin forest…

Media expedition to understand the Congo Basin forest’s peatlands

June 2019

Kinshasa, June 14, 2019 – Greenpeace Africa and scientists from the Universities of Leeds (UK) and Kisangani (DRC) are organising an expedition to the peatlands of the Congo Basin forest,…

50 million hectares destroyed as companies disregard zero deforestation pledge

June 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 11 June 2019 – At least 50 million hectares of forest – an area the size of Spain – is set to be destroyed for commodities during the…

Biodiversity loss: urgent need for forest, ocean protection and dietary change

May 2019

Paris, 6 May 2019 – The UN’s biodiversity report warning of mass species loss due to human impacts must spark urgent action to protect the world’s forests and oceans and…

Greenpeace Africa calls on DRC president to cancel Oil Contract in Salonga National Park and Central Cuvette peatlands

March 2019

Following the Bloomberg revelation that former DRC president Joseph Kabila signed a presidential order validating an oil deal that would allow drilling in Salonga National Park as well as in…

Greenpeace Africa alarmed over the launch of Phase 2 of the CongoPeat Project in the Republic of Congo [Updated]

January 2019

Following the announcement of the launch of the second phase of the CongoPeat Project by Congolese Minister of Environment Arlette Soudan-Nonault, Victorine Che Thoener, Project Leader of the Congo Basin…

Republic of Congo Greenwashing Efforts Exposed at Africa Oil Week

November 2018

Johannesburg, 07 November 2018 – Greenpeace Africa blew the whistle today on the Republic of Congo’s most recent greenwashing campaign by exposing its plans to tender three oil blocks in…

DRC Forest Minister seeking to allocate an area the size of Belgium for industrial logging

April 2018

Kinshasa, 16 April 2018 - Greenpeace Africa and Congolese non-governmental organisations have learned that a month after reinstating 650,000 ha of logging concessions deemed illegal and cancelled in 2016, DRC’s…

Walking through the tropical swamps of DRC

March 2018

Planet Lovers & Protectors, my name is Capucine Dayen, International Communications Coordinator for Greenpeace Africa, but I go by Caps. In June last year, I joined the Congo Basin Forest…

Democratic Republic of Congo government must halt plans to open up the world’s second largest rainforest to loggers

March 2018

Over 50 environmental, conservation and human rights organisations are calling on the international community urgently to intervene to help protect the vast rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),…

DRC government reinstates illegal logging concessions in breach of its own moratorium

February 2018

Kinshasa, 20 February 2018: The Congolese Minister of Environment, Amy Ambatobe, has reinstated 6,500 km² of logging concessions that were cancelled in August 2016 by the then Environment Minister Robert…