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8 ways people are fighting for forests this International Day of Forests

Blog entry by Dawn Bickett | 20 March, 2016

Love trees? Then celebrate – 21 March is the International Day of Forests! Without healthy, thriving forests, our planet cannot sustain life. But they are facing serious threats from human activity. As much as 80 percent of the...

Illegal logging: Fuelling conflict and damaging livelihoods

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | 16 July, 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...

Why FSC's move to protect Intact Forest Landscapes is key for the Congo Basin

Blog entry by Irene Wabiwa | 3 July, 2015

In September 2014, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) members voted with an overwhelming majority at their General Assembly to protect "the vast majority" of Intact Forest Landscapes (IFLs) in and around FSC certified forest...

Congo logging chaos leaves people and bonobos at the sharp end

Blog entry by Raoul Monsembula | 26 May, 2015 3 comments

"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...

Caught up in the battle against Congo's irresponsible loggers

Blog entry by Sylvain Trottier | 13 November, 2014 2 comments

"It's too far away", "there's nothing to see or do there", "it's too hard to get to..." The reasons people find to avoid the long journey to some of the Democratic Republic of Congo's many remote forested areas are numerous. ...

FSC puts business interests first

Blog entry by Asti Roesle | 26 August, 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...

Corruption and impunity rife in Cameroon's forestry sector

Press release | 20 August, 2014 at 13:00

Yaoundé, 20 August 2014 - Large quantities of wood extracted from forest "conversion" projects are reaching international markets illegally, in full knowledge of Cameroon’s Ministry of Forestry (MINFOF) and the European Union (EU), says...

CITES failing to adequately protect endangered Afrormosia tree

Press release | 11 July, 2014 at 22:30

Geneva, 11 July 2014 - International trade in Afrormosia wood should be suspended and a drastic improvement in enforcement is required if the species is not to remain at great risk of extinction in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) according...

Illegal conversion timber export threatens African countries' forests and agreements...

Press release | 27 May, 2014 at 13:30

Amsterdam, 27 May 2014 - Illegal and corrupt behaviour by foreign-owned companies engaged in establishing large palm oil plantations not only threatens local communities and forested areas throughout west and central Africa, but will seriously...

Licence to Launder

Publication | 27 May, 2014 at 13:00

The oil palm plantation being developed by Herakles Farms in the southwest region of Cameroon – an area of great biodiversity surrounded by five protected areas – illustrates what happens when irresponsible companies are not held accountable to...

4 reasons we all should #StandForForests

Blog entry by Greg Norman | 21 March, 2014 3 comments

We cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. That is why Greenpeace campaigns for their protection and on this International Day of Forests, we want to share with you a few reasons why you should help. 1. 300 million...

Tackling illegal logging should not be a yearly event

Blog entry by Danielle van Oijen | 3 March, 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...

Illegal destruction of virgin forests set to continue unless Europe's timber law is...

Press release | 3 March, 2014 at 11:55

Amsterdam, 3 March 2014 - National laws will continue to be broken, forested areas illegally destroyed and communities will go on suffering in the Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond if the European Union's Timber Regulation (EUTR) is...

Illegal Timber Protest France

Image | 8 January, 2014 at 18:32

Activists from Greenpeace France uncover a shipment of illegal timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the French port of Caen. They paint the message "Bois Illégal" on the logs and also seize a log as evidence. This timber is sold...

The lengths illegal wood will travel

Blog entry by Danielle Van Oijen | 2 July, 2013 1 comment

Look around and check if you see any wood surfacing. It might be a cupboard in your kitchen, your chair, or the desk you are reading this on. Then chances are you see tropical veneer. There is also a chance that the wood for that...

Greenpeace finds illegal DRC wood at Danzer Group Czech facility

Press release | 1 July, 2013 at 15:44

Amsterdam, July 1, 2013 – Greenpeace has found an illegal shipment of endangered wood from the Democratic Republic of Congo at a veneer-processing factory in the Czech Republic run by the controversial Swiss timber group Danzer.

Herakles' Cameroon palm oil project halted

Blog entry by Laila Williams | 22 May, 2013 15 comments

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...

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