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Danzer feels the bite as the FSC show its teeth

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen | 21 May, 2013 1 comment

To the layperson the world of forest certification is often a technical one that does not seem to operate at what could be called a breakneck pace. However, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has this week reached a landmark decision...

Fighting for the (human) rights of DRC's forests communities

Blog entry by Karine Jacquemart, Congo Forests | 25 April, 2013 2 comments

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...

Why development does not have to be destruction in Cameroon

Blog entry by Irène Wabiwa | 19 April, 2013

As an African working for Greenpeace, I am often questioned when I speak out against the industrial exploitation of our continent’s natural resources, that is disguised as “development”. The truth is that all too often, this...

Organised chaos reigns in DRC logging sector

Blog entry by Danielle Van Oijen | 4 March, 2013

The port of Kinkole in Kinshasa in DR Congo is habitually abuzz with activity. When Greenpeace visited recently huge logs were being brought up river and offloaded. Many of the scores of huge unmarked logs that have been felled are...

Landgrabbing in Cameroon

Video | 26 February, 2013 at 11:40

Industrial scale palm oil production is coming to Africa and it’s bad news for the coastal rainforest of Cameroon.

US agribusiness could carve ten Manhattans out of African forest: Greenpeace

Press release | 19 February, 2013 at 16:09

New York, 19 February 2013 – Massive carbon emissions and the destruction of habitats critical to threatened animal species – those will be just some of the results if a palm oil plantation by New York-based agribusiness Herakles Farms in...

Demanding a straight answer from Herakles Farms

Blog entry by Karine Jacquemart | 19 February, 2013 12 comments

Like many activists, we ask lots of questions, and often these questions go unanswered in the hope that we’ll simply give up and stop asking. US agribusiness Herakles Farms and its chief executive Bruce Wrobel think they can put...

Herakles Farms

Topic | 14 February, 2013 at 14:51

Palm oil is the world’s cheapest edible oil, and increasingly one of the most popular. As global demand continues to grow so has the vigorous search for land for new plantations by investors and industry.

French and Cameroonian presidents meet, but will they talk about palm oil?

Blog entry by Jean-François Julliard | 30 January, 2013 1 comment

The French President Francois Hollande today received his Cameroonian counterpart, Paul Biya, at the Elysée Palace in Paris – and there was not a lack of potential topics for discussion. Yet surely the one thing that had to be...

Challenging year ends in hope for Cameroonian environmental activist

Blog entry by Alexa Phillips | 19 December, 2012

For many people thoughts are already turning to the festive period and a well-earned rest. All Nasako Besingi wants for Christmas is for Herakles Farms to say they are leaving him and his fellow villagers’ land alone. 2012 has...

Africa's False Dilemma

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 29 October, 2012 17 comments

Ecological and economic welfare are two sides of the same coin and having to choose between developing economies and societies on one hand, and protecting the environment on the other, is a false dilemma. This false dilemma is often...

Voix De La Foret

Video | 11 October, 2012 at 13:26

Greenpeace Africa released a brand new song entitled ""Voix de la Forêt" (The Voices of the Forest), which is performed by 11 internationally acclaimed singers from the Congo Basin countries; in a bid to highlight the importance of the world's...

Hand in hand to protect the Congo Basin forests

Blog entry by Monica Davies and Augustine Kasambule | 8 October, 2012

What began in 2011 as a call to the youth of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to speak out for the protection of their forests has finally come to  fruition. Men, women and children from Kinshasa city and surroundings have come...

Threats

Background | 5 September, 2012 at 18:30

In the DRC, rainforest covers 86 million hectares (about 40 percent of the country). Around 70 percent, or 60 million hectares, of the rainforest is threatened by logging.

The Solution

Background | 5 September, 2012 at 18:30

Though not significant global producers, palm oil has a long and rich history in Africa and the lives and traditions of local communities on the continent. When done sustainably and within well-managed and diverse agroforestry systems, the...

How to make forest destruction look like “development”

Blog entry by Frédéric Amiel | 5 September, 2012 21 comments

Bruce Wrobel is a man with his heart in the right place. You see, Bruce is in the agricultural business and he plans to solve the world’s complex food security issues by creating sustainable, community oriented projects. He is the CEO...

Herakles Farms and how a US agri-corporation sparked anger in Africa

Blog entry by Filip Verbelen | 6 July, 2012 3 comments

Palm oil is the world’s cheapest edible oil and a key ingredient in some biofuels. Global demand is booming and agri-corporations are grabbing large swathes of land to expand palm oil production in a new frontier: Africa. One of...

Herakles Farms is cutting the heart out of Cameroon’s rainforest

Blog entry by Irène Wabiwa | 11 May, 2012 17 comments

Within the past few weeks, rainforest destruction has begun once again in one of Africa’s most important biodiversity hotspots:  the coastal rainforest of Cameroon, at the fringe of the Congo Basin region. Herakles Farms, the American...

Forest Certification Scheme Ignores Human Rights Violations in the Congo Basin

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen, Forest Campaigner | 27 March, 2012 4 comments

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...

The Mystery of McKinsey's Black Box

Blog entry by John Bowler | 7 December, 2011 2 comments

Hello from Durban, home of COP17, and for the past 10 days home of the Greenpeace forest team. Sometimes serendipity just waltzes right up to you. And that is what has just happened. Earlier this year a Greenpeace investigation ...

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