Forests and Biodiversity


Of pain and courage

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

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

Friends of the Earth Europe

Real World Radio Europe #18

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.

We cannot be celebrating

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

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

Greenwashing

At the end of June, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which gathers actors from several sectors of the palm oil industry, reported that they had suspended Swiss company Nestlé´s membership for failing to follow the RSPO´s Statutes and Code of Conduct. However, Nestlé “doesn´t seem to care”, warned  … Read more

Dignified resistance in Malaysia

Approximately 800 Orang Asli indigenous people are blockading since February 15, 2018 at several areas of the Gua Musang district, Kelantan State, Malaysia, in defence of the environment and their customary rights over land and to stop forest exploitation, mining and large-scale monoculture plantations. “We want to block any activity  … Read more

No to Oil Extraction

As part of their campaign “No to Oil Extraction”, environmental organization Friends of the Earth Togo visited the port of Lomé, capital of the country, to express their solidarity with the local fisherfolk together with the African network “Fishnet Alliance”, who strongly opposes oil activity. The visit took place in  … Read more