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Palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia fails to fulfill benefits to communities and protect forests

Sustainable Development Institute and Milieudefensie call upon the Government of Liberia to ensure agri-business in Liberia halts deforestation and rights violations. New analysis from community excersizes indicate palm oil company Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) structurally fails to comply with obligations and commitments from the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) that were signed in 2014 with affected communities. The findings exemplify broken promises and lack of development during a decade of oil palm plantation development in Liberia.

JET and Feminism Publication: If It’s Not Feminist, It’s Not Just.

In the last decade, the Just Transition rhetoric has become part of the global discussion around addressing climate change, but yet again the 'Just' in Just Transition has been failing to address the systemic interlinked injustices that are integral to the current fossil energy system, including patriarchal oppression.

People and nature benefit from certified timber production

Monoculture acacia plantations intended for wood pulp are disastrous for biodiversity in Vietnam. Our local partner organisation VietNature saw that things could be done differently: with gains for plantation owners from the community as well as for nature. With the support of IUCN NL, it set up a profitable project for FSC certified timber production. In 2020, the first investor came forward.

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Green Livelihoods Alliance stands with communities, local gov’t resisting mining in Brooke’s Point

The Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) in the Philippines denounces the resumption of mine operations in Brooke’s Point, Palawan, and the Office of the Ombudsman’s suspension order on Brooke’s Point Mayor Maryjean Feliciano for her actions protecting the forested watershed from destructive mining. The GLA calls on government agencies to instead listen to the community voices who have long stood against the destructive mining in forested watersheds of Palawan.

Forest Harvest CBNE Forum to be held on 1-5 June

Community-based Non-Timber Forest Product Enterprises (CBNEs) will take the spotlight for the inaugural Forest Harvest CBNE Forum taking place this 1-5 June to highlight their untapped potential in contributing to community well-being and forest conservation.

Toward an EU law on deforestation commodities

Much of the deforestation that takes place in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America is the result of the European consumption of commodities, such as soy, cocoa and palm oil. Stricter EU-level regulations could go a long way to put an end to deforestation. Such regulations are a contentious political issue, but at the end of 2020, after years of concerted lobbying by TBI and partners, there was a breakthrough.

Village forest committees in DR Congo take matters into their own hands

As soon as communities in DR Congo received formal forest rights, they established new rules for forest management. The result: fewer trees are being cut, and the communities are earning more money.

From financial flow analyses to better landscape practices

TBI members in Ghana and Indonesia studied landscape-level financial flows to understand how they can better contribute to livelihood and environmental objectives. In Indonesia, the study had an additional and unexpected positive effect.

GLA Philippines condemns lifting of new mining ban

The Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) in the Philippines is alarmed and dismayed by the issuance of Executive Order 130 re-allowing new mining projects in the country. On April 15, 2021 the Malacañang released Executive Order (EO) 130 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, lifting the nine-year ban on new mineral agreements, in the guise of economic recovery amidst the pandemic.