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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…

Greenpeace Africa comments on loggers demands excluded from finance law revision

June 2020

Yaoundé, 11 June 2020 – A request for massive tax reduction made two weeks ago by the loggers’ association GFBC was not included in the revision of the finance law…

Greenpeace Africa to Minister Ndongo: Tax breaks to logging companies might mean public funding for next pandemic

June 2020

Yaoundé, 2 June 2020 – Greenpeace Africa calls on Mr. Jules Doret Ndongo, Cameroon’s Minister of Forests and Wildlife, to reject the request for tax reduction made last week by…

Protect Kenya’s Forests for a Healthy Ecosystem: Greenpeace

May 2020

Nairobi, 27 May 2020 – Responding to the news that the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has pledged to plant 1.8 billion trees by 2022 as efforts to reverse biodiversity…

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…

Global crisis now! What nature is reminding us

May 2020

Hello Readers! My name is Enjer Ashraf, founder My Tree Initiative Uganda living in Kampala, Uganda. l love so much working with children. My team and I work with primary…

The blessings and the curses of the day after will be up to us

May 2020

Greenpeace Africa Campaigner Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue I started 2020 with a renewed sense of optimism. I promised myself to make the first year of the third decade of the third…

Finding the crack in the lockdown

April 2020

Human beings love comfort, freedom and certainty. The COVID-19 lockdown has instantly taken all that away from landing us in a new reality and an unchartered territory. Some react with…

Ebo forest is a blessing to more than 40 communities, numerous threatened species and the planet

April 2020

Ebo forest in Cameroon is one of the intact forest ecosystems in the Gulf of Guinea, stretching over 2000km. It is a massive biodiversity hotspot, which is why in 2006…

Cameroon government pushes new logging plans amidst a global coronavirus crisis

April 2020

Yaoundé, 26 March 2020 – Greenpeace Africa joins a call by local people in Cameroon’s Littoral Region to immediately cancel government plans to turn an area of nearly 150,000 hectares…

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…

On World Forest Day, Greenpeace says 'no thanks' to 1 Trillion Trees campaign

March 2020

X 20 March, 2020 — On International Forests Day, Greenpeace X published its rejection of corporate and government tree-plantation initiatives to offset emissions, reinforcing the long-term importance of natural ecosystem…

For my birthday, all I want is a healthy forest

March 2020

When I think of the forest, I remember playing in it. We would build huts of sticks and moss, and vehicles from bamboo trees. Getting lost in the forest was…

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…

The Garden of Eden of Indigenous People is turning into an Industrial Exploitation Hell / Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue and Lamfu Yengong Fabrice

December 2019

Access to land and its resources is crucial throughout rural Africa. Since the colonial era, local elites and foreign corporations have been taking control over large areas of agricultural lands.…

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…

“We were told not to go into the forest anymore” - Greenpeace investigation exposes human rights violations by Halcyon Agri

November 2019

Yaoundé, 25 November 2019 – Following last year’s Ruinous Rubber report, which exposed the most devastating new forest clearance for industrial agriculture in the Congo Basin, Greenpeace Africa released today…

Greenpeace Africa on floods across the continent: “Without Climate Action we’ll be queuing for Noah’s Ark”

November 2019

Nairobi, 5 November 2019 – With floods hitting at least 16 African countries [1], Greenpeace Africa urges leaders to act for the people and against climate change. Rains have increasingly…

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…

Indigenous leaders interrupt global summit to tell top brands: "our survival is at stake”

October 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 October 2019 – Today, Indigenous leaders targeted CEOs and senior management of some of the world’s biggest brands, including Nestle, Unilever and Mondelēz, at a summit…

International Day of Rural Women: The case of Baka from South Cameroon - Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue

October 2019

In Cameroon, about half of my country is covered by forests. Home to incredible biodiversity, they are also central to the lives and livelihoods of many communities including the Baka.…

Local and indigenous communities should have a right to their lands

October 2019

International development agencies and our own government need to rethink their development approaches. Too often, instead of development, they end up degrading the environment and worsening social problems.  Decisions on…

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…

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…

Facing a burning crisis

September 2019

18 September 2019 We are in crisis mode. At times it seems that the whole world is in flames. Europe’s summer was the hottest on record. Fires in the boreal…

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…

Greenpeace calls on fast food giants to take a stand against Bolsonaro’s Amazon destruction

September 2019

Manaus, Brazil, 4 September 2019 – As fires continue to ravage the Amazon, Greenpeace International has launched a campaign asking fast food giants Burger King, McDonald’s and KFC to reject…

“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.…

Securing indigenous people’s land rights must be a priority for forest protection in Cameroon

August 2019

Yaoundé, 9 August – On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Indigenous People, Greenpeace Africa joins the indigenous people of Cameroon in demanding that companies responsible…

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…

IPCC report reveals tough land-use choices needed to stem climate crisis

August 2019

Johannesburg, South Africa, 8 August 2019 – Protecting and restoring forests and urgently revamping the global food system through dietary change are the key solutions to the escalating land and…

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…

A Beacon of hope from the indigenous people of DR Congo & Cameroon

May 2019

I could hear the early morning birds churning melodies from giant trees as we made our way, single-file, down the muddy footpath deep into the equatorial rainforest of Lokolama in…

Letter to Halcyon Agri

May 2019

In this letter dated 13 May 2019 Greenpeace Africa expresses its concern with the composition of Halycon Agri’s Sustainability Council in Cameroon. Click here to read the letter.

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…

Indigenous culture key to protecting forests

April 2019

Last month, while on my way to Mintom – South Region of Cameroon, for the annual Baka festival celebrations, we had a car breakdown due to the poor state of…

Indigenous People Demand Consultation in Forest Management

April 2019

Mintom, 31st March 2019 – Stakeholders in the forestry sector have committed to consult the Baka people on all development projects that may impact their lives. This commitment was made…

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 applauds the Norway Government Pension Fund’s divestment from Halycon Agri

March 2019

In response to news that Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — the world’s largest — divested last year from Singapore-based rubber giant Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited (Halcyon Agri) because of financial…