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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
australia: stopping the flow of agrofuels in the asia pacific region
The agrofuels sector is expanding rapidly, with so-called ‘biofuels’ being marketed as a clean, green solution to climate change and oil vulnerability. The Australian government is expected to look more and more to Asia for imports of agrofuels feedstocks, such as palm oil, in future years.
Bangladesh: assessing village common forests
Village Common Forest (VCF) is an ancient system of forest use and management practiced by tribal communities living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) in South-east Bangladesh. The communities are highly dependent on the forests in the remaining VCFs, which provide wood and bamboo for constructing houses, and are an abundant source of food and medicine. The communities work to ensure their streams and rivers continues to flow.
Indonesia/Sri Lanka: Asian Peoples' Movement against the 'Asia Destructive Bank'
Although the Asian Development Bank has established a Carbon Fund, a Renewable Energy Fund and a Climate Fund, its professed commitment to addressing climate change is completely undermined by the fact that ADB-backed projects have many negative social and environmental impacts, with many contributing directly or indirectly to climate change. This in turn impacts on the most vulnerable and marginalized people in the region. These impacts are a direct consequence of the Bank’s outdated and climate-damaging policies: its Energy Policy, for example, still supports coal power.
bangladesh: ship-breaking industry smashed?
Bangladesh’s ship-breaking beaches are soaked in a toxic soup of hazardous substances, such as oily wastes, asbestos, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), lead and arsenic. These toxins leak out of ships as they are being dismantled bit by bit.
funding and membership support
File financial report 2009
member groups
Friends of the Earth International is made up of the activities and actions of our 76 member groups, and it is our mission to support and strengthen their work at the local level.
selected media quotes from 2009
In 2009, hundreds of news stories quoting Friends of the Earth messages were published and aired by a broad spectrum of media organizations, ranging from the world's leading newspapers and TV news programs such as the Financial Times and CNN, through to alternative news sources like the IPS news agency and Indymedia. The following selected quotes are from stories published during the year.
Using legal strategies to defend people from corporate abuses
FoEI aims to effectively expose and counter corporate crimes and their social, environmental and human rights impacts, specifically on women’s and men’s productive and reproductive activities, as well as countering corporate influence over governments and institutions such as the international financial institutions (IFIs), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other institutions.
Economic Justice - Resisting Neoliberalism (ejrn) program highlights
The EJRN Program’s objective is to build sustainable societies by building people’s power and dismantling corporate power, stopping corporate-led neo-liberalism and globalization, and challenging the institutions and governments that promote unequal and unsustainable economic systems.
Climate justice and energy program highlights
The CJE Program’s overall objective is to build a diverse, effective and global movement for climate justice. Climate justice is a right-based approach to the climate crisis with holds those historically responsible for the climate crisis to account. Climate justice demands structural changes to tackle neo-liberalism and radically reduce consumption. In keeping with FoEI’s mission to influence policies and policy dialogue, the CJE Program also aims to ensure that by rich industrialized Annex I countries commit to needed emissions reductions, and appropriate and sufficient financing and transfers of technology to help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change, allowing a just transition to sustainable, fossil-free societies.
did you know?
In 2008, Friends of the Earth International counted 77 member groups and 14 affiliates, uniting more than 2 million members and supporters around the world.
member groups
Friends of the Earth International is made up of the activities and actions of our 76 member groups, and it is our mission to support and strengthen their work at the local level. These groups mobilize people, resist socially and environmentally damaging projects and policies, and help to transform their societies in tens of countries around the world. Their local work in turn allows us to campaign on the regional and international levels, and to seek political support for the rights of people everywhere to sustainable livelihoods and for social, economic, gender and environmental justice.
new members, executive committee and chair
Members of Friends of the Earth International voted in new members, a new chair, and a new executive committee at the 2008 Biannual General Meeting in Honduras.
stemming destructive shrimp aquaculture
The shrimp aquaculture industry razes forests and biodiversity, destroys croplands and livelihoods, and wreaks social conflict and human rights violations. Faced with mounting resistance from civil society in Asia and Latin America, the shrimp industry is in the process of expanding into Africa.
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