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Intact Forest Landscapes: Why it is crucial to protect them from industrial exploitation

Feature story | November 25, 2011 at 12:03

Following the release of a new report compiling the latest science about large intact forests landscapes (IFLs), their critical importance for people, biodiversity and climate, and the consequences of fragmenting them (in particular via logging...

Lowest Deforestation Rate in Brazil Should Inspire Decisions on REDD

Feature story | December 2, 2010 at 10:02

With announcements that deforestation in the Amazon has dropped to a record low, Greenpeace says that now is the time for countries gathered at the UN climate talks to approve a strong REDD deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping to...

Our land should unite, not antagonize us!

Blog entry by Alain Binibangili | August 9, 2017

On August 5, 2017, four days before the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, I was deeply troubled by news of deadly confrontations between  Bantu [1] and...

Forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo: Where's the Reform?

Feature story | July 30, 2009 at 8:19

In an open letter delivered to the DRC's Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Tourism last Sunday, Greenpeace denounces the serious lack of transparency in implementation of forestry sector reform and requests urgent clarifications...

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...

'Inception' Star Marion Cotillard's other new film

Feature story | July 16, 2010 at 14:45

Oscar-winning French actress, Marion Cotillard, has long been a supporter of the environment - and of Greenpeace. Last month, she travelled with us to the heart of the Congo rainforests to bear witness to the plundering of this ancient forest.

Authors around the world stand up for free speech and forests

Blog entry by Kat Clark | May 31, 2017

Authors, journalists, poets and playwrights know that every time the right words are put to paper, or typed to a screen, our planet gets a little better. Because, without the right to express ourselves freely, we cannot make that...

Greenpeace staff member wins alternative Nobel Prize

Feature story | October 13, 2009 at 10:58

We are thrilled to announce that one of our staff members, René Ngongo, has today been named a recipient of the 2009 Right Livelihood award.

The Future of Forest Resources in the Oshwe Territory, Bandundu Province

Feature story | June 1, 2010 at 9:20

Kinshasa, 10 May 2010 – On 26-28 April 2010, Greenpeace held a Forum in Oshwe (Bandundu Province) on “The Future of Forest in the Oshwe Territory, Bandundu Province”, bringing together key civil society groups and forest communities.

Sweet success for Kit Kat campaign

Feature story | May 17, 2010 at 15:00

A big 'Thank You!' to the hundreds of thousands of you who supported our two-month Kit Kat campaign by e-mailing Nestlé, calling them, or spreading the campaign message via your Facebook, Twitter and other social media profiles. This morning,...

Victory! How ten years of activism helped protect the world’s forests

Feature story | July 7, 2010 at 11:00

Today, after a ten year Greenpeace campaign, Europe banned the trade in illegal timber - a great leap forward in the struggle to protect the world's forests and climate. This is a look back at the ten years of activism that led to that law. It's...

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...

We speak for the trees

Blog entry by Ethan Gilbert | June 6, 2017

When Resolute Forest Products, Canada’s largest logging company, threw two multi-million dollar lawsuits at Greenpeace and Stand.Earth for speaking out for the protection of the Canadian boreal forest, people around the world did not...

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...

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...

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,...

Precious intact forests in the Congo must be protected

Blog entry by Hilde Stroot | October 5, 2017

A source of water, food, and shelter the Congo Basin is life to many people and creatures. It is one of the world's largest tropical forests and is the fourth largest carbon reservoir in the world - meaning it locks away vast amounts...

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...

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...

Why we’re sailing into the Congo Basin forest!

Blog entry by Mike Fincken | October 25, 2017

By Mike Fincken A muddy carpet of water rolls out hundreds of miles into the ocean from the second largest river in the world. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is touched by the Congo Basin long before land is sighted. We are not...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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