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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...

FSC puts business interests first

Blog entry by Asti Roesle | August 27, 2014

As a member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in Switzerland, as well as a Greenpeace campaigner focused on doing everything I can to protect our planet's last untouched forests, I am alarmed that FSC has already decided to...

Arrest of forest rights activists symbolic of what's wrong in India

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | August 1, 2014

It was just past midnight when Indian police hauled two Greenpeace India activists out of their sleep and arrested them this week as a crackdown on protests against a planned coal mine in the Mahan forest intensified. The arrests...

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 ...

Herakles Farms: Champions of Illegal Deforestation?

Blog entry by Brendan Schwartz | May 26, 2014

The lead up to this years soccer World Cup is already dominating international news. Meanwhile, Greenpeace has been closely monitoring another world-wide phenomenon: illegal deforestation.  One American private equity firm cum...

Forty hours in jail for Mahan’s forests, its people and their rights

Blog entry by Akshay Gupta | May 15, 2014

After spending forty hours in jail and judicial custody, I came out feeling even more motivated and determined to continue this struggle to save forests. Bechanlalji is still in custody and getting him out is our first priority. We...

#FreeAJStaff: The global campaign for freedom of expression

Blog entry by Taahir Chagan | March 4, 2014

Freedom of expression is a universal human right that affects all of us . As Greenpeace activists we affirm this right when we campaign to save the Congo Basin Rainforest from illegal logging, or when we take on industrial...

You did it! Palm oil giant commits to No Deforestation!

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | December 9, 2013

‘Effective immediately, Wilmar will not engage in development of HCS, HCV, or peat, nor knowingly source from suppliers engaged in development of HCS, HCV, or peat.’ Wilmar International - the world's biggest palm oil company - has...

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...

Runaway forest fires show how RSPO is not enough

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | June 28, 2013

The forest fires that have set Sumatra ablaze and engulfed the region with record-breaking air pollution remind us that forest destruction is very real. It’s a problem with global effects and demands global solutions. That is why...

How rogue palm oil producers are getting away with forest destruction

Blog entry by Wirendro Sumargo | April 25, 2013

It always amazes me how the actions – or rather inaction – of high-level meetings in far-off cities can so seriously impact forests in my own country. Today, an organisation with the declared aim of ensuring environmentally...

Turning REDD into Green

Publication | December 13, 2010 at 15:50

Can a National REDD Plan in the Democratic Republic of Congo set a new course for the protection of forests, people and global climate?

The Congo Basin forests made us dance

Blog entry by Hermann Fondjo | November 7, 2017

My name is Hermann Fondjo and I am an environmentalist activist and a volunteer for Greenpeace Africa. As the journey of the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza takes it along the coast of the Congo Basin countries, an exceptional clip has...

Conning the Congo

Feature story | July 29, 2008 at 23:00

Just as the need to save the world’s forests for climate protection is becoming widely recognised, we have discovered that major logging companies - operating in the Congo basin - are increasingly destroying one of the most ecologically important...

Crisis for FSC in the Congo Basin?

Publication | May 27, 2011 at 11:26

Greenpeace and many other Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) members and stakeholders are seriously concerned that an increasing number of FSC certificates are being granted around the world to logging companies that do not meet the international...

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...

Herakles Cameroon palm oil project starts to run off the rails

Blog entry by Laila Williams | May 22, 2013

Bruce Wrobel, the chief executive of Herakles Farms, claims his company’s efforts to flatten a chunk of Cameroon’s dense rainforest to develop a palm oil plantation are borne of a desire to address a "dire humanitarian need". Yet...

Knowledge is key to biodiversity, not technology

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | May 15, 2013

Agribusiness and commodity traders are thin on the ground at this week’s FAO conference in Rome on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. Despite its title, this event is of little interest to Big Food. After all, this conference is...

Tackling illegal logging should not be a yearly event

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen | March 4, 2014

Anniversaries can vary in significance, both to people individually and to wider audiences. On paper, the first anniversary of the introduction of a piece of timber legislation might not be a birthday that is chalked up in many...

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...

Prof. Wangari Maathai Memorial

Video | October 13, 2011 at 10:50

Greenpeace Global Director, Kumi Naidoo, speaks on the incredible imapact that Professor Wangari Maathai has had on the environmental, social justice, and gender movements.

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...

Indonesia’s largest palm oil producer shows the way

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | March 13, 2013

As Greenpeace Africa continues to work with local communities and NGOs to stop Herakles Farms’ proposed palm oil plantation in Cameroon, we welcome an ambitious Forest Conservation Policy launched by the largest palm oil producer in...

Forest Certification Scheme Ignores Human Rights Violations in the Congo Basin

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen, Forest Campaigner | March 27, 2012

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) industrial logging is still totally out of control. Ongoing social conflicts, including extreme violence, rape and human rights abuse prompted Greenpeace International to file a complaint in...

What Is The Future Of The Forests? DRC Youth Answer With Aplomb

Blog entry by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule | October 25, 2011

In September, we reported on The Future Of Forests In Poetry competition that Greenpeace Africa is holding in the DRC as an initiative to educate and mobilize the Congolese youth to preserve their precious trees. The first leg of...

International Day of Forests

Image gallery | March 21, 2013

This is what APP’s new sustainability commitments look like

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | September 28, 2012

Asia Pulp and Paper has spent the last few weeks telling customers around the world that the company’s latest sustainability pledges mean that this time, the changes the company has announced are genuine. To the untrained eye new...

Scrap Proposed Oil Exploration in Virunga National Park -- World Heritage Committee

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa, Forests Campaigner, Greenpeace Afric | July 5, 2012

Last week the World Heritage Committee (WHC) called upon governments and oil companies to stop the proposed oil exploration in Virunga National Park in the DRC , during its annual meeting in St. Petersburg. But given the...

Forest Hero: UN awards Amazon Campaign Director

Blog entry by Jess Miller | February 9, 2012

This is a moment to share a thought for all the people around the world who are putting their own lives at risk in the struggle to save the last remaining rainforests, be it in the Amazon, Indonesia or Congo. Paulo Adario, who...

Join us for The Future of Congo Forests on Film

Blog entry by Monica Davies | December 2, 2011

Join Kumi Naidoo and Greenpeace Africa tonight at 19:30 as we launch The Future Of Congo Forests documentary. The documentary chronicles The Future of Forests in Poetry contest organized by Greenpeace Africa in Democratic...

Drought in the Amazon: What it Means

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter, Greenpeace Science Unit | February 4, 2011

Severe drought could turn the Amazon rainforest into a source of carbon emissions contributing to climate change, rather than a carbon sink absorbing emissions. This is one of the alarming findings of a new study featured in ...

A Forest Conservation Policy

Image gallery | February 5, 2013

Saving Sumatra

Photo essay | October 29, 2010 at 12:12

During his recent visit to Indonesia, Kumi Naidoo (Greenpeace International Executive Director) and a Greenpeace team flew over Sumatra to bear witness to the forest destruction that is happening there.

Carving Up The Congo

Photo essay | December 16, 2009 at 20:42

Natalia Truchi visited the Congo river in March 2007. Greenpeace organised the expedition to give journalists and politicians a real insight into the destruction and injustice related to the logging industry in the Demoocratic Republic of the Congo.

The Governor of Kisangani speaks with Greenpeace

Image | July 19, 2009 at 23:00

SUNiversity training in Oshwe, DRC

Image gallery | July 11, 2012

Forest Love

Video | November 19, 2010 at 9:53

The EU is one of the world's largest markets for timber. In 2009 it was estimated that about 19 percent of EU wood imports come from illegal logging. So this video was released as part of the Forest Love campaign in the EU. The aim of the...

Greenpeace launches the Kinshasa office in

Image | December 3, 2008 at 12:05

Children in Logging Concession - Democratic Republic of the Congo Documentation

Image | December 8, 2009 at 16:34

Children running after a truck, in the village of Bossa where Sodefor has a logging concession. Sodefor is a logging company that operates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Expansion of logging into remaining areas of intact forests in the...

Greenpeace launches in the DRC

Video | December 28, 2009 at 15:36

Greenpeace launches its new office in the Democratic Republic of Congo - the second on the African continent - which will focus on the protection of the Congo Basin rainforest.

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 4

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:20

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this fourth of seven episodes, after spending her first night in a forest village...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 7

Video | August 16, 2010 at 11:44

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the last of the seven episodes, before leaving Oshwe, Marion is given a guide of...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 2

Video | July 7, 2010 at 13:30

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this second of seven episodes, Raoul, who works for Greenpeace Africa, suggests a...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 5

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:30

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this fifth of seven episodes, Marion meets Roger, a representative of local civil...

Marion Cotillard in the Congo: Episode 6

Video | August 6, 2010 at 10:40

In June 2010, Greenpeace took Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, to visit the tropical rainforests in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this sixth of seven episodes, Marion goes to meet the villagers to understand how...

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