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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
paraguay: challenging agribusiness, building people’s food sovereignty
The rapid spread of industrial agriculture across Latin America is devastating indigenous peoples, local communities and the environment, as people and forests are moved out of the way to grow vast tracts of soya and other monocultures. These crops are mainly exported, to feed people and fuel vehicles in wealthy industrialized countries. The Southern Cone of Latin America is also a key region for the biotech industry, since many countries either permit or are unable to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crop varieties, which is prohibited in many other countries.
latin america and the caribbean
In 2009, Amigos de la Tierra América Latina y Caribe (ATALC – FoE Latin America and the Caribbean) coordinated member group participation in all international programs, ensuring a regional perspective in global campaigning.
brazil: challenging investors in brazilian agrofuels
The lucrative agrofuels sector continues to be promoted by many as a clean green solution to climate change. Yet increasing demand for agrofuels gives large companies yet another reason to ‘grab’ land from traditional owners and users, and continue to destroy forests. The intensive production of agrofuels can even lead to more greenhouse gases being emitted than would have happened if fossil fuels had been used. Industrial agrofuels are part of the problem, not the solution.
Uruguay: digging up the dirt on 'clean' development mechanism
Although there were a number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects operating in Uruguay by the end of 2008, there was little information available, and no public debate. The CDM project portfolio for Uruguay includes 33 activities, but Friends of the Earth Uruguay/REDES found that most people knew nothing at all about the CDM or its projects, in Uruguay or elsewhere.
gender highlights
For FoEI, a fuller comprehension of the harsh realities faced by women in different countries and regions across the world will help us construct better and more effective campaign strategies, and change the way we ourselves act. These changes will enhance FoEI’s ability to contribute to real and lasting change that works for both women and men.
funding and membership support
sustainability school
The annual Sustainability School convened by Friends of the Earth Latin America and the Caribbean (ATALC) provides space for a new form of learning and information exchange in Latin America and the Caribbean. Now in its third year, it is also forging strong new links between member groups, and with allies in the region.
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.
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.
real world radio: voicing the concerns of thousands
Radio Mundo Real (Real World Radio, or RWR) is Friends of the Earth's online multilingual radio service run by Friends of the Earth Uruguay/REDES. It was established in September 2003 to cover the protests at the World Trade Organization’s 5th Ministerial Conference in Cancun, Mexico. It supports social movements, networks and organizations resisting liberalization.
training for campaigners, communicators, and journalists
In April 2009, Friends of the Earth International organized a one-day training for campaigners in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, during which participants started developing a federation-wide communications strategy on food sovereignty. During a skill-share, participants also improved their media messaging skills.
ATALC: Sustainability School
building capacity to resist, mobilize and transform in latin america and the caribbean
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
The campaign’s main objective is to stop the production, trade and consumption of agrofuels, by raising public awareness about its negative impacts on local communities and globally.
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.
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.
denouncing corporate driven policies
FoEI has been one of the most active groups working on the topic of trade and climate change. Through policy articles, press releases, public interventions and seminars, we have highlighted how the ‘development-as-usual’ approach of the EU in particular, has aimed to expand corporate-friendly trade rules by deregulating and liberalizing energy markets: this contradicts its own commitment to fighting climate change.
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