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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
Nigeria: financing gas projects, poisoning foods
The West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) is a 681-kilometre pipeline built to transport natural gas from Nigeria to Benin, Ghana and Togo. The World Bank and other project sponsors claim that the WAGP will help stop dangerous gas flaring in Nigeria, as well as improving the environment, providing cheap energy, and promoting regional integration. There is no evidence to support these claims however. In fact, the WAGP has brought further violence, social disruption and environmental devastation to Nigeria. A World Bank Inspection Panel found that gas flaring continues, in spite of the WAGP and the fact that the Nigerian courts have declared gas flaring illegal.
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Resisting oil, mining and gas program highlights
The Resisting Mining, Oil and Gas Program is based on a vision in which the world does not depend on minerals, oil and gas. Its objective is to dismantle corporate control over minerals, oil and gas, and to stop the destruction and violations of communities and ecosystems.
community testimonies
Across the world, communities are affected by the pressing environmental problems of our day. All too often, it's big business, governments, and even large NGOs that have the loudest voices. The communities who have to live with the consequences of these environmental issues can struggle to get their opinions heard.
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.
chile: building the movement for climate justice
Before 2008, climate change received only sporadic attention from the media in Chile, and few people beyond the technocrats that participate in UN negotiations and investors in carbon markets had any understanding of the issue. FoEI’s Climate Change program had not yet been able to reach out to civil society in the country, and was thus unable to benefit from debate with and the participation of Chilean people.
Opposing the certification of palm oil, jatropha and sugar cane monocultures
Our campaign to expose the role that agrofuels corporations have played in misleading the public was heard by the UK’s Advertising Standard Authority, who ruled that an advertisement placed by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and aired on the BBC was misleading because it said that Malaysian palm oil is sustainable.
Agrofuels campaign highlights in 2008
The main goal of FoEI's agrofuels campaign is to halt the development, production and trade of agrofuels, which is threatening food sovereignty and biodiversity, and has been shown to be a false solution to the climate crisis.
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.
halting destructive projects
In 2008, we continued to work on numerous national and international campaigns to halt projects financed and/or promoted by international financial institutions (IFIs) and multinational corporations, that threaten the livelihoods of vulnerable communities by damaging the environment and decreasing local control over resources.
focusing on the links between industrial agriculture and trade
In 2008, FoE groups from all regions compiled case studies focused on defending territories and land rights from agribusiness and controversial agricultural expansions, such as deforestation for palm plantations in Asia or land evictions for soy and tree monocultures in South America.
strengthening the fight for a GM-free world
The fight for a GM-free world is still a priority for the food sovereignty movement. In 2008, FoEI continued providing a comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops in agriculture.
exposing ineffective climate change policies in international financial institutions
FoEI monitored the World Bank's framework on 'clean energy investment' and the emissions-trading schemes promoted by the various international financial institutions (IFIs). The World Bank’s Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) were a key focus: FoEI actively engaged in different decision-making arenas to express our concerns about the Bank's proposals. FoEI believes that the World Bank is the wrong institution to manage climate change funding. It has unequal decision-making structures, continues to invest massively in fossil fuels, and considers coal a potentially clean source of energy.
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.
nigeria and ghana: warning communities about Ghana black gold
Although oil and gas exploration have been central to the Nigerian economy for over fifty years, the people living in the Niger Delta have only pain and anguish to show for it.
december: poznan climate talks
Each year the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change holds negotiating sessions known as the "COP" (conference of parties). The most recent one was COP14, that took place in Poznań, Poland in December 2008.
august: friends of the earth campaigners prepare for climate action
Just prior to the UN climate talks held in Accra, Ghana in August 2008, 17 climate, forests and economic justice campaigners from Friends of the Earth groups around the world came together to take part in a highly successfully and participatory two-day workshop. The workshop was largely focused on REDD, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, negotiations taking place within the United Nations for the inclusion of forests in carbon markets.
programs and campaigns highlights in 2009
In 2009, Friends of the Earth International had six active international programs and campaigns. Within these we coordinated a wide range of actions at the international, regional, national and local levels, that improve the ability of peoples and communities around the world to secure sustainable livelihoods and protect our environment for generations to come.
FoEI Exchange Program in 2008
Throughout 2007 and 2008, we have carried out exchanges between staff members from FoE groups in different continents. This program was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Exchange Program stimulated the process of sharing of experiences, lessons learned and knowledge on IFIs and economic policy.
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