Forests and Biodiversity


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

The fight against climate change

Friends of the Earth International´s Week of Action for Climate Justice is ready to begin

“Mobilizing and using people power is actually crucial to face the climate emergency”, said Friends of the Earth International´s Climate Justice and Energy Program Coordinator, Sara Shaw. A radical systemic change is needed, she warned. From this Saturday to October 13th, the member groups of Friends of the Earth International  … Read more

We cannot be celebrating

25 years after the UN Convention on Biological Diversity: Community forest management and agroecology are the future

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. However, “we cannot be celebrating”. The planet is facing serious environmental degradation, and the necessary measures to counteract it are not being taken, warned activist Rita Uwaka with Environmental Rights Action – Friends of the Earth  … Read more

Dangerous Funds

Activists expose role of Dutch banks in the funding of palm oil industry development

Milieudefensie – Friends of the Earth Netherlands launched a report where they warn that Dutch Banks ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank have to take responsibility for the disastrous environmental and social consequences of providing finance to the palm oil sector at large scale. These banks should pull out of this  … Read more