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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
european groups: new laws protect forests and biodiversity
Friends of the Earth’s groups in Europe continue a long tradition of campaigning to protect forests and biodiversity.
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.
Forest and Biodiversity program highlights
The Forest and Biodiversity Program’s objective is to strengthen and promote sustainable local initiatives for the protection and local use of forests and biodiversity. We resist and mobilize against destructives practices, actions and policies that destroy forests and biodiversity. We also work to build and strengthen, a global movement for forests, biodiversity and the communities that depend on them, in the medium and long term.
disclosing the truth, building awareness and mobilizing against corporate abuses
In 2008, FoEI continued campaigning on specific corporations in sectors that harm the environment. This entailed research and monitoring of EU-based companies working in the oil and gas, agrofuels and forest extraction sectors, and their actions in the South.
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.
switzerland: saving butterflies from extinction
Although Switzerland has set an official target of stopping biodiversity loss by 2010, the commitment shown by Swiss authorities so far indicates that this target is likely to be missed. About half of the country’s wild animal and plant species are threatened with or close to extinction in Switzerland.
switzerland: defending the right to protect our natural and cultural heritage
Since the 1960s, Swiss law has enshrined the right of organizations such as Friends of the Earth Switzerland to use the courts to challenge projects that threaten the environment or natural and cultural heritage. This legal right is now part of the United Nations Economic Commission on Europe’s Aarhus Convention that addresses public access to information and justice.
january: davos elites must listen to citizens’ demands
In January 2008, Friends of the Earth International urged world leaders to listen to citizens from around the globe taking part in the 2008 'Day of Action' of the World Social Forum in protest of the flawed corporate-driven globalisation model embodied by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
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