Forests and Biodiversity


The win-win situation hidden behind the Amazonia fires

Reports from Friends of the Earth Brazil with communities affected by Amazonia fires

“How agribusiness and financial markets profit from the devastation of the world´s largest tropical forest”. In this first part of a series of two audio-visual reports, Friends of the Earth Brazil unravels the forces behind the crimes that take place in Brazilian forests. In its second part, the organization analyzes,  … Read more

BlackRock invests in burning the Amazon

New report explores how the investments of global asset manager drive deforestation and violate the rights of indigenous people

“As fires rage across the Amazon, a report released today reveals that BlackRock, the world’s largest institutional investor with $6.5 trillion USD in assets, is deeply invested in the sectors most responsible for tropical forest destruction in the Amazon and around the world”, reads a press release issued by Friends of the  … Read more

Advances against gene drives

Convention on Biological Diversity: We need to consult communities about gene drives and assess the risks of the technology

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity urged the governments on November 29th to conduct strict risk assessments and consult indigenous people and other local communities before releasing organisms into the environment with “exterminator technology” such as gene drives. The decision to consult the people about this dangerous genetic modification of  … Read more

Of pain and courage

Report: a year from the murder of the T’boli–Manobo indigenous people by the Army in Philippines

Monday marks the first anniversary of the massacre of eight indigenous people in Datal Bonglangon village, South Cotabato province, on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The inhabitants of the small community paid with their lives the demands for their ancestral lands and the resistance to the coffee and mining  … Read more

Lights and Shadows

Assessment of the UN COP14 on Biological Diversity

With certain advances in the recognition of the role of indigenous people and local communities in terms of the conservation of biological diversity, the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came to an end in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Nevertheless, some environmental organizations  … Read more

Real World Radio Europe #18

How Hambacher Forest was saved from coal chaos – for now

An ancient forest in the West of Germany was on the verge of destruction to expand a coal mine – until the hard work of activists from local communities and further afield paid off.

An expert look

Friends of the Earth International at UN negotiations on biological diversity

The 14th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) started on Saturday in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, under the theme “Investing in biodiversity for people and planet”. The event will take place through November 29th. Environmental activist Isaac Rojas, Friends of the Earth International´s Forests and Biodiversity  … Read more

Failed model: greenwashing

Serious accusations against the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, which is holding its annual meeting

“It´s a sham” saying that the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is solving the serious socioenvironmental effects of this industry, said Nigerian environmental activist Rita Uwaka. “There are more environmental abuses, human rights abuses in countries where most of these RSPO certified companies exist”, she added. The annual conference  … Read more