Global mobilisation to demand real action at the CBD COP15

Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka mobilising for the Biodiversity Day of Action ahead of the CBD COP15

From Argentina to Sri Lanka the people call for system change to tackle the biodiversity crisis. As the long awaited UN biodiversity conference draws closer, Friends of the Earth International’s members around the world have come together in a mobilisation to demand real action and meaningful policies at the CBD COP15. The United Nations Convention…

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What is biodiversity and why is the CBD COP15 so important?

Nele Marien at the Convention on Biological Diversity

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s COP15 starts in Montreal on 7 December. Parties will negotiate and hopefully agree on a global framework that will define biodiversity policies for the next decade.   We interviewed Nele Marien, the forests and biodiversity programme coordinator at Friends of the Earth International, to find out why these biodiversity…

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How positive will “Nature Positive” be?

Walter gomes agroecology

Nature Positive is one of the concepts being widely promoted as a framing for the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) to be adopted by the upcoming Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) fifteenth Conference of the Parties (COP15) in December 2022. It is referred to in three of the five alternative proposals for the 2030 Mission that…

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Tackling the global food crisis through system change 

Farmer in Mozambique- tackling the food crisis with agroecology

We are in the midst of the third major food crisis in 15 years. This is no accident. It is the result of an unjust global food system that prioritises profits over peoples’ rights, lives and the environment. Worldwide hunger, malnutrition and rising food prices are a result of an unsustainable economic system. The answer…

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Reviving indigenous agroecology in the Philippines: “Sulagad”

Tëduray and Lambangian people overlooking their ancestral lands

Tëduray and Lambangian indigenous people in the Philippines are resisting agribusiness corporations and the industrial food system by reviving their traditional agroecology practices based on “Sulagad”, a worldview that holds nature as a sacred source of life. Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for many in the Philippines. 25-30% of working people are involved…

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Advocating for agroecology in Sri Lanka

A protest by environmental activists in Sri Lanka during the recent crisis © Janaka Withanage

In August 2022, we spoke to Chalani Rubesinghe, an advocate for the transformation of food systems with Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, known locally as the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ). She talked to us about the food crisis in Sri Lanka, the impact of the government’s sudden synthetic fertiliser ban in 2021, and…

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Linking alternatives: building peasant agroecology in Togo

People marching in the West African Caravan for the Right to Land, Water and Peasant Agroecology. Their banner calls for an end to grabbing and speculation of land and water.

Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa and home to 8.6 million people. Since the shocks of the Covid-19 pandemic, increasingly extreme weather and recent food price rises, the state of food security in Togo has greatly deteriorated. In 2022, 1 in 5 people in the country don’t have access to or can’t afford…

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