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Congo Basin

Topic | 14 May, 2009 at 9:13

3,300 species of plants are unique to the Congo, which is also home to forest elephants, rare antelopes and gorillas. This - the second largest rainforest on Earth - provides livelihoods for tens of millions of people, and plays an increasing...

Holding the Line with FSC

Publication | 11 March, 2011 at 11:09

Key findings from a re-evaluation of performance, progress and weaknesses, with recommended changes that are essential to FSC credibility.

The case for a moratorium on FSC certification in the Congo Basin

Publication | 29 March, 2011 at 12:08

Greenpeace is calling for a moratorium on new certification in the Congo Basin.

CITES failing to adequately protect endangered Afrormosia tree

Press release | 11 July, 2014 at 20:30

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...

McKinsey's Black Box

Publication | 7 December, 2011 at 16:29

A one page comic illustration of our report, "Bad Influence – how McKinsey-inspired plans lead to rainforest destruction".

Corruption and impunity rife in Cameroon's forestry sector

Press release | 20 August, 2014 at 11:00

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...

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...

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

Press release | 27 May, 2014 at 11:30

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...

Stolen future: Conflicts and logging in Congo's rainforests - the case of Danzer

Publication | 7 November, 2011 at 11:33

The logging sector in the DRC continues to make shocking headlines with its use of violence and human rights abuses to quell villagers who simply demanded that they receive what is rightfully theirs. Danzer has again been involved in a...

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

Publication | 23 November, 2011 at 14:48

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...

Murder of human rights activist in the DRC

Press release | 8 June, 2010 at 13:30

Greenpeace unreservedly condemns the murder of Floribert Chebeya Bahizire, Executive Director of the Congolese human rights organisation, La Voix des Sans Voix (VSV), who was found dead in his car in Kinshasa on Wednesday June 2, 2010. We extend...

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...

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...

Illegal Carve-up of Congo Rainforests

Feature story | 26 February, 2007 at 0:00

The second largest rainforest in the world, after the Amazon, sits in the Congo basin of Africa, with around half existing in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Around 21 million hectares (over 51 million acres) of DRC's rainforest are now...

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

Press release | 19 February, 2013 at 15:09

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...

Congo's forest protector receives Right Livelihood Award

Feature story | 4 December, 2009 at 0:00

As Barack Obama prepares to pick up a Peace Prize he's yet to earn, a truly deserving activist collects the Alternative Nobel Prize for his work to save the forests of the Congo.

The World Bank and Congo deforestation

Feature story | 30 August, 2007 at 0:00

Back in April, at the World Bank's spring meeting, there was much talk about the plight of the Congo rainforest. We'd just published a big report detailing how in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) logging titles were being granted in breach...

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

Press release | 3 March, 2014 at 10:55

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...

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...

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