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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...

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...

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...

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...

SUNiversity training in Oshwe, DRC

Image gallery | July 11, 2012

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...

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...

Herakles Farms continues forest clearing for palm oil project, sparking social unrest

Press release | November 19, 2012 at 13:45

Amsterdam, November 19, 2012 – A US-owned company is clearing natural forest in the southwest of Cameroon to establish a large-scale palm oil plantation, heightening social tension as serious questions about the legality of the project persist,...

A Forest Conservation Policy

Image gallery | February 5, 2013

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...

International Day of Forests

Image gallery | March 21, 2013

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...

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...

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...

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...

Resolute’s lawsuit for $7 million aims to silence criticism

Blog entry by Greenpeace Canada | June 21, 2013

Greenpeace Canada promised today that it would not be silenced by a $7 million defamation lawsuit by the country’s largest logging company, Resolute Forest Products (TSX: RFP). Backed by a growing number of social justice,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

#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...

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...

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...

Herakles Farms’ Illegal Timber: A Plot against Cameroon’s Forests and the Voluntary...

Press release | May 27, 2014 at 13:55

Yaoundé, May 27th, 2014

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Congo’s forest communities suffer at the hands of irresponsible forestry sector

Press release | November 14, 2014 at 13:55

Kinshasa, 13 November 2014 - Logging companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo are plundering forests, using physical intimidation against local communities and failing to meet their obligations to improve local infrastructure, according to...

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...

Tropical deforestation is bad news – the science keeps telling us

Blog entry by Dr Janet Cotter | January 19, 2015

Deforestation is very bad news for the environment and for the climate. It is bad news for biodiversity and releases greenhouses gases into the atmosphere – we know that. But the science is increasingly certain that deforestation is...

Cameroon: An example of the work needed to combat illegal logging

Blog entry by Eric Ini | March 20, 2015

Policy wonks, experts, campaigners and other stakeholders  met in Brussels this week  to discuss progress under the European Union's Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action plan. Yet the effectiveness of the...

Trading in Chaos

Publication | May 26, 2015 at 11:00

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is home to the large majority of the world's second-largest rainforested area, an area that plays a vital role in maintaining the global climate. But corruption and a lack of political will are among the...

Congo logging chaos leaves people and bonobos at the sharp end

Blog entry by Raoul Monsembula | May 26, 2015

"Chaos" and "chaotic" are frequently - perhaps even overly - used words. One dictionary definition is a "total lack of organisation or order". That can be said certainly of the industrial logging sector in the Democratic Republic of...

DR Congo’s logging companies and international timber traders continue to profit from...

Press release | May 26, 2015 at 13:00

Kinshasa, May 26 - Logging violations, disenfranchised local communities, the cutting of endangered tree species without valid authorisation, destruction of threatened Bonobo habitat and worldwide export of suspect timber. These are just some...

Illegal logging: Fuelling conflict and damaging livelihoods

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | July 16, 2015

The fight against illegal logging has been a long and protracted one. Greenpeace itself has been involved for more than 20 years and, while it is undeniable that some progress has been made, it is equally evident that it continues to...

United action needed to stem illegal timber trade in the Congo Basin

Press release | September 9, 2015 at 10:39

Durban, 9 September 2015 –Congo Basin governments and their main timber trading partners must take concrete action to tackle illegal logging according to Greenpeace Africa. During the 14th edition of the World Forestry Congress in Durban,...

Cameroonian environmental activist pursued in the courts as palm oil company...

Press release | November 18, 2015 at 9:00

Yaoundé November 17 2015 - An internationally-renowned environmental human rights defender continues to be pursued in the courts in Cameroon for no crime other than defending his own community’s land rights. Meanwhile the very company he is...

Opportunity Knocks

Press release | November 23, 2015 at 11:00

The Missed Opportunities by China, EU and US to address the global trade of Congo Basin’s illegal timber - Addressing the “Calculated Ignorance” by influential Chinese Importers.

China could lead global fight against illegal logging in the Congo Basin

Press release | November 23, 2015 at 11:00

Johannesburg, November 24, 2015 – The transformation of the Congo Basin timber trade into one significantly influenced by twenty key Chinese trading companies offers a golden opportunity to contribute significantly to tackle illegal logging in...

Greenpeace Africa reacts to verdict on DR Congo torture case in Yalisika

Press release | December 16, 2015 at 14:16

Kinshasa, 16 December 2015 - Five policemen and soldiers have finally been convicted for their role in a vicious attack against community members protesting against an industrial logging company in a Congolese village in 2011, but many involved...

Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | January 4, 2016

Dear Friends,  As I look out my window here in Amsterdam, winter is nearly here, and with it comes the retreat of another year, and the passing of what has been to make way for the spring and the new. As the days get shorter and the...

Greenpeace asks for investigation of the Modern Express’ cargo

Press release | February 5, 2016 at 16:38

Johannesburg, 05 February. The troubled car carrier Modern Express that was recently successfully towed away from the French coast, has safely entered the port of Bilbao, Spain. It was on its way to Le Havre, France. The ship is carrying a...

Commission slams weak implementation of EU law against illegal logging

Press release | February 18, 2016 at 16:51

Brussels, 18 February 2016 – In a review of legislation to combat illegal logging, the European Commission has said EU countries must significantly step up efforts to keep illegal timber off the EU market [1].

Greenpeace Africa instils forest values to youths during the 5th World Forest Day...

Press release | March 21, 2017 at 8:35

Yaoundé, 21st March 2017. Greenpeace Africa has today organised activities with youths to commemorate World forest day. This year’s festivities celebrated under the theme“Forest & Energy” underscores the importance of the forest with regards to...

6 ways corporate lawsuits kill free speech (and how to fight back!)

Blog entry by Molly Dorozenski | May 16, 2017

Free speech is a right. So how can a corporation possibly stop you from speaking out? Using a legal tactic called a  SLAPP , corporations like the massive Canadian logging company, Resolute Forest Products, are attempting to crack down...

Greenpeace Exposes Logging Company’s Attack on Free Speech in New Report

Press release | May 16, 2017 at 13:32

Washington, DC, 16 May 2017 -- Greenpeace has published a new report, “Clearcutting Free Speech: How Resolute Forest Products is going to extremes to silence critics of its controversial logging practices”, presenting the implications of logging...

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