Three global manufacturing companies—BMW Group, Tetra Pak and Schüco International—have signaled concern over the use of bauxite sourced from Ghana’s Atewa Forest for aluminium if mining has catastrophic and irreversible effects on the people and wildlife that depend on the forest. More than 5 million Ghanaians depend on Atewa Forest as their source of clean drinking water.
WECF is excited and proud to officially start our work as gender-partner of the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA), as part of The Netherlands governments civil society partnership program “Power of Voices”. The aim of the GLA is to halt deforestation and promote sustainable forest governance. With GLA we will strengthen participation of women, especially from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in decision-making and policy making on forest conservation.
Civil society organisations, including IUCN NL, are sounding the alarm after the brutal murder of 46 pygmies in a village in the Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group was brutally murdered on January 14 for unknown reasons. The victims also included women, children and the elderly.
The forest of the Indudur Nagari community in West Sumatra in Indonesia is rich in forest products, including the candlenut. You can make all kinds of products from candlenuts to increase the value, such as oil. However, this potential had not yet been fully exploited by the inhabitants. Uni Mirna and 4 other women saw an opportunity.
The planned Kaliwa dam in the Philippines the sources of income, water supply, sacred sites and biodiversity of the indigenous Dumagats. Local leader Clara Dullas therefore calls on other Dumagats to speak out against and the dam and for their rights, such as the right to free prior and informed consent (FPIC).
Like many countries, Vietnam is suffering the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to reduce the risk of outbreaks of similar zoonotic diseases and to promote nature conservation rather than the trading in wild animals, our local partner PanNature educates citizens on the risks of wildlife farming.
The government of Ghana intends to exploit the Atewa forest for bauxite. Proponents of the plan expect economic prosperity. Nana Ampem Darko-Amponsah was one of them. Until A Rocha Ghana invited him to visit an operational bauxite mine elsewhere in the country.
For forest dependent communities, securing rights to forests and lands that they hold by tradition and customs is a prerequisite for local development. Introduced by the Congolese forest code for natural resources management, this ensures protection against expropriation with land titles issued by the provincial governor.
On December 1, 2020, the Brazilian space agency INPE announced that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon had risen to a record level, the highest in 12 years. Beef production in Latin America is linked to deforestation. VBDO, IUCN NL and WWF NL provide recommendations for Dutch investors to prevent them from contributing to deforestation linked to cattle production through their investments.