Historic Indonesian forest protection deal at risk from industry

Posted by jamie — 23 November 2010 at 11:36am - Comments

Plantations, like this eucalyptus one in Sumatra, are gradually replacing Indonesia's rainforests (c) Beltra/Greenpeace

Laura Kenyon from our Making Waves blog explains how money intended to protect forests could actually encourage deforestation.

Norway and Indonesia are about to make history. A US$1bn forest protection deal between these two countries could help set Indonesia on a low-carbon development pathway and become a positive model for the rest of the world. It could clearly demonstrate that lowering carbon emissions to address climate change does not mean sacrificing economic growth and prosperity. What's more, this prosperous low-carbon development does not need to come at the expense of Indonesia's natural forests and peatlands.

But this deal is at risk. Today we released a report - Protection Money - which outlines how the deal is in danger of being undermined, unless action is taken to protect it from notorious industrial forest destroyers in the palm oil, paper and pulp sectors.  There is a potential that international money intended for the protection of Indonesia's forests and peatlands could end up being used to support their destruction.

UK plans to scupper drilling moratorium exposed on Twitter

Posted by jamess — 24 September 2010 at 10:53am - Comments

Ok Twitter friends, it’s time to take action.

While Timo and Naz are out there hanging off Chevron's rig in the pod, stopping deepwater drilling, our politicians are out in Norway wrecking regional plans for a moratorium.

Yesterday we put out a message on Twitter, as soon as we heard from our German colleagues what was happening at the OSPAR conference:


Next thing that happens is Richard Benyon, the Under-Secretary for the Environment tweeted this:

Twitter message 1

They accosted you Mr Benyon because you're scuppering an important initiative to stop deepwater drilling!

Amazon soya moratorium renewed for another year

Posted by jamie — 9 July 2010 at 3:23pm - Comments

All is not doom and gloom in Brazil. The soya moratorium, which Greenpeace helped establish in 2006, has been renewed for another 12 months, which means another year of soya traders refusing to do business with farmers growing crops on newly deforested land. In addition, companies like McDonalds, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and the Co-op have reaffirmed their commitment to the moratorium, ensuring that they continue to demand non-Amazon soya at the consumer end too.

There's no denying that the moratorium has been a success. Since it was established four years ago, deforestation rates in the Amazon have decreased while soya yields have increased, showing that (as Paulo Adario from our Brazilian office put it) "production and conservation can go hand in hand".  

With last year's agreement between three of the largest slaughterhouses in Brazil to prevent cattle ranching making further in-roads into the rainforest, we've made great strides in breaking the link between agricultural production and deforestation. But the current attempts to change the forest code could undo much of the success of recent years so there's no rest for the wicked just yet.

$4bn fund to protect Indonesia's forests while president announces partial halt to deforestation

Posted by jamie — 27 May 2010 at 3:48pm - Comments

Building dams at a Greenpeace camp in Sumatra. International funds and a moratorium would make this a thing of the past

While our campaign to stop HSBC investing in deforestation continues, events have been quickening at the political end. Money and a moratorium have been promised for Indonesia today, both of which are desperately needed to help safeguard the country's forests from further devastation.

Congo logging contracts cancelled but forest still under threat

Posted by jamie — 21 January 2009 at 6:03pm - Comments

Logging in the Congo rainforest

© Stok/Greenpeace

The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has, at long last, completed a review of the logging industry. Although there are some positive results, at the same time it has allowed an expansion of the industry to more than twice the recommended size.

Back in October last year, the government announced the results of a three-year review of logging contracts that had been issued. Logging companies which had contracts cancelled were then allowed to appeal against the decisions and this week's announcement is the final result of that process.

Paradise saved - for now?

Posted by jossc — 2 September 2008 at 12:11pm - Comments

July 08: Greenpeace divers protesting against the planned oil shale mine

Greenpeace divers protesting against the planned oil shale mine

Australia has stepped back from the brink of madness and decided to shelve plans to mine oil shales right on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.

Proposals to extract millions of tonnes of oil shales from the Whitsunday Islands threatened to drain precious water supplies, and to risk toxic leaching and air pollution - as well as increasing Australia's greenhouse gas emissions.

Fortunately, following a strong protest campaign led by the local Save Our Foreshore group, common sense has prevailed and last week Queensland premier Anna Bligh announced a 20-year moratorium, effectively ending the threat for the immediate future.

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