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Major victory for the protection of the Marbel Buluan Watershed

The Marbel Buluan Watershed forms the catchment of several major river systems that straddle over three provinces on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. A controversial mine, the Tampakan copper-gold project, is planned at the centre of the watershed. Over the past decades, numerous local stakeholders have raised concerns on the impacts of the mining project to the environment, health, food security and livelihoods of the directly affected indigenous and local communities and in low-lying areas. In March of this year, after years of preparation, the three provincial governments finally signed a joint ordinance (local law) creating the Mt. Buluan Protected Watershed, in effect putting more than 8,000 hectares of mountain into formal protected area status and a ‘no-go zone’ for destructive projects.

Dutch development bank should pause mediation process in Congo

Let the Dutch development bank FMO pause the mediation process between palm oil company PHC and communities in Congo. We make this call to Minister Hanke Bruins Slot (Foreign Affairs).

EU member states must enact deforestation law without delay

Last year, a European law protecting forests was enacted. However, some EU countries are now attempting to delay the implementation of this law.

Dutch and French Development Banks Visit Liberia to Address Concerns from Communities and Environmental Organizations

Dutch development bank FMO and French development bank Proparco have investments in Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP) through its owner SIFCA in the Ivory Coast. Wilmar, one of the largest palm oil companies in the world, is one of the main shareholders. The banks recently visited the operation areas of Maryland Oil Palm Plantation (MOPP) in southeastern Liberia from 10 to 15 March 2024 after the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) and Milieudefensie raised alarm about social and environmental harms in the plantation in their February 2023 report titled: “Social and Environmental Impacts of Maryland Oil Palm Plantations in Liberia.”

Investors around the world call for responsible mining in nickel industry

The energy transition requires the use of minerals such as nickel. However, a growing number of reports point to the negative environmental and social impact of nickel mining in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines. 31 investors have now signed a statement with the aim of integrating responsible mining practices and higher standards for the natural, environmental and social impact into nickel chains.

In Observance of International Women’s Day, SDI Calls for Concrete Actions in Protecting Women and Girls

 As the World observes the International Women’s Day (IWD), the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) calls on all stakeholders that this day should not only be characterized by the usual speeches and statements. 

In a statement issued on Friday, March 8, 2024, commemorating the day, the right-based organization calls for concrete and practical actions that will finally put an end to various issues affecting women and girls in Liberia including domestic violence in all its forms, rape, sexual exploitation and abuse as well as sexual harassment, and economic insecurity.

Video: Celebrating International Women's Day

Women and girls, in all their diversity, are at the frontline to protect our planet. Their solutions and perspectives are critical to address the crises. The Green Livelihoods Alliance is dedicated to the full inclusion and meaningful participation of women and girls in safeguarding tropical forests. Watch our video.

International forum on mining and extractive economy brings together activists from all over the world

In October of last year, the 2nd global thematic social forum on mining and the extractive economy (TSF-mining) was held in Semarang, Indonesia. IUCN NL partner organisation Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM) was one of the co-organisers of the event. The aim of the TSF-mining is to strengthen and build a broad global movement of activists from all continents who are facing the problems of mining and extractivism in their territories, and to build mutual solidarity and common solutions to guarantee human rights, the rights of nature and to ensure a just and equitable world for present and future generations.

Mid-term Review shows Forests for a Just Future programme is well on track

The Forests for a Just Future programme of the Green Livelihoods Alliance aims to ensure that tropical forest landscapes are sustainably and inclusively governed to mitigate and adapt to climate change, fulfil human rights and safeguard local livelihoods in 11 countries in Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. In 2023, the programme underwent an external midterm review (MTR). This review was conducted in compliance with the grant agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Overall, the MTR shows that the programme is right on track and it includes a set of useful recommendations, the majority of which are being taken up in the final two years of the programme.