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africa: mapping the expansion of agrofuels
Switching to agrofuels has been portrayed as a golden opportunity, a ‘green’ solution that could tackle the world’s energy crisis and help to mitigate climate change. Industrialized countries, international financial institutions such as the World Bank, and multinational agribusiness, oil and transport companies are all promoting agrofuels as a panacea to the world’s problems.
nigeria: challenging agrofuels in west africa
It is increasingly recognized that filling gas tanks with agrofuels exported from Africa and other impoverished regions monopolizes productive arable land. This robs people of their farmland and violates local communities’ rights to food. Opposition to agrofuels means that corporations are now looking to Africa’s so-called ‘marginal lands’ – which they regard as being unimportant or worthless – as a testing ground for the production of crops like cassava and oil palm. Yet the concept of ‘marginal lands’ ignores the various important ways in which local communities utilize their lands.
community testimonies: where the people speak out
In 2008, Friends of the Earth International continued to give a voice to people around the world through our community testimonies project.
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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.
netherlands & cameroon: linking up to tackle cameroon’s illegal logging
Cameroon has more than 20 million hectares of humid tropical forest: however, illegal and destructive logging threatens this precious natural heritage and the people who depend on it. Europe is a major buyer of Cameroon’s timber, with the Netherlands being one of the biggest markets.
cameroon: confronting congo forest destruction
Central Africa’s Congo Basin is one of the world’s largest reservoirs of biodiversity. Yet unsustainable logging, intensive mining, and large construction projects implemented by foreign transnational corporations are threatening Cameroon’s rich biodiversity. The biggest threat of all is logging, some of it legal, much of it illegal.
cameroon: economic alternatives for small producers
One of the main objectives of Friends of the Earth Cameroon / Centre for Environment and Development is a program to promote economic alternatives. Specifically, this program aims to provide small producers with a reliable source of income which gives them the chance to develop while using resources sustainably.
africa: monitoring the introduction of gmos
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) entering African countries pose a growing risk to human health, the environment and poor farmers’ food security. Their governments are under major pressure to introduce GMOs from multinational corporations, which argue (despite lacking evidence) this will improve food security. Africans are also vulnerable to introduction of GMOs through food aid, from donor agencies such as USAID.
papua new guinea: building resistance to forest destruction and palm oil expansion
Papua New Guinea is home to some of the Asia Pacific region’s largest continuous tracts of ancient rainforest. However, destructive and illegal logging are quickly erasing this natural wealth, while oil palm plantations are a growing threat to biodiversity and the livelihoods of rural peoples who depend on the land.
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netherlands: minister promises action on illegal timber
Friends of the Earth Netherlands is pleased that the Dutch Minister of Agriculture, Gerda Verburg, has promised to pursue European legislation to halt illegal logging. This is the first time that specific steps to address the issue of illegal logging and the timber trade have been made in the Netherlands.
cameroon: safeguarding the bagyieli territories
The Bagyieli people are indigenous forest-based communities in Cameroon. However, due to the construction of the Chad-Cameroon pipeline, the Bagyieli have been forced to leave their territories.
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