News and success stories

Stay in the loop with news of ongoing campaigns and successes in the fight against rainforest destruction.

Photomontage: an aircraft engine in front of a torched rainforest

Oct 17, 2017

Palm oil jet fuel stopped!

The plans of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to use millions of tons of palm oil as “green” jet fuel have been thwarted for now.

Amazon rainforest

Sep 27, 2017

47,000 km² Amazon rainforest reserve safe!

Facing furious protests, Brazilian President Temer retracted his decree abolishing the protection of a swathe of Amazon rainforest the size of Denmark.

Humboldt penguins

Aug 25, 2017

Chile protects Humboldt penguins, drops iron mine and loading port project

Thanks to the hard work of local activists and your signatures, the Chilean government rejected an iron mine project that would have seriously threatened Humboldt penguins.

Chimpanzee in Liberia

Aug 24, 2017

A national park for chimpanzees – thanks to your support!

Great news from Africa: Liberia recently proclaimed the new Grebo-Krahn National Park for wild chimpanzees – a project partly funded by your donations!

Primitive charcoal ovens and felled trees in the Paraguayan Chaco together with the brand logos of Aldi, Carrefour, Lidl

Jul 24, 2017

UPDATE Carrefour

'UPDATE: In response to the campaign, Carrefour have suspended purchases of some of their Paraguayan charcoal. Keep signing to tell Lidl and Aldi to do the same!'

Two owls sitting on a branch

Jul 7, 2017

Harry Potter and Indonesia's owls

Is Harry Potter to blame for the suffering of thousands of owls on Indonesian bird markets? Two Oxford Brookes University researchers are convinced of it.

Nordin of Save Our Borneo

Jun 26, 2017

RIP Nordin of Save Our Borneo (1970-2017)

Nordin, director of Save Our Borneo, has died of a sudden illness. He worked tirelessly to defend forests, suing palm oil companies and rewetting peatlands.

Crop duster aircraft spraying chemicals on a soy field

Mar 17, 2017

EU: glyphosate causes serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has not classified glyphosate as a carcinogen. The substance does cause serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life, however.

Bechstein bat

Feb 28, 2017

Half of all species facing extinction

The worldwide loss of biodiversity is accelerating at an alarming rate. Half of all species could disappear by the end of this century.

Ekuri people protesting the "superhighway" project

Feb 17, 2017

Nigeria: governor partly repeals Ekuri Forest land grab

The struggle of the Ekuri people is paying off: the governor of Nigeria's Cross River state is returning 5,200 square km of rainforest land to the community.

Palm oil mill on Borneo

Feb 6, 2017

Toxins in palm oil: EU planning limits

The European Commission is considering regulations to limit levels of genotoxic and carcinogenic contaminants occurring in products containing palm oil.

A Balkan lynx in the forest

Feb 6, 2017

Hydropower projects in Balkan lynx habitat canceled

The Balkan lynx can breathe easier: Mavrovo National Park in Macedonia is safe after international banks axed two potentially disastrous hydropower projects.

A young chimpanzee climbing a tree in the rainforest

Jan 23, 2017

Laying the groundwork for a national park: researchers chart chimpanzee forest

Until now, little was known about Gbi Forest. Following the initial charting expedition, members of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation are now studying its biodiversity.

Indigenous Mundurukú people protesting

Dec 16, 2016

Our successes, thanks to your support!

Does our work make a difference? Absolutely! International awareness has a major impact on the struggles of our partners on the ground.

A lapwing

Dec 7, 2016

A wave of protest saves EU nature conservation laws

The EU Birds and Habitats Directives are safe: a wave of grassroots action across Europe prompted the EU to drop its plans to weaken these key nature laws.


Oct 4, 2016

265,000 signatures help save pangolins

Great news for pangolins: the member states of the CITES convention have decided to afford them the highest level of protection by banning trade in all eight species.

Nigerian woman gathering forest mangos

Sep 28, 2016

Nigeria: Ekuri stepping up the fight for their forest

The Ekuri people in Nigeria are rallying ever more international support for their struggle to save their forest from destruction.

Environmentalist Odey Oyama

Aug 23, 2016

Nigerian conservationist receiving death threats – speak out for his safety!

Nigerian environmentalist Odey Oyama is receiving death threats for his opposition to Big Palm Oil and the planned Cross River superhighway.

Sulawesi wrinkled hornbill

Aug 18, 2016

Sulawesi: 250 mining operations shut down

Mining operations are being shut down and the rainforest and its inhabitants can breathe easier – a big success for our Indonesian partner JATAM.

Mundurukú people protesting the Tapajós dam

Aug 5, 2016

Brazil: environmentalists stop dam on the Tapajós river

The tenacity of the indigenous Mundurukú and a wave of international support paid off in the end: the Tapajós megadam project has been scrapped.

A swathe of forest is being cleared for the superhighway

Aug 2, 2016

Nigerian police harass Goldman Prize-winning conservationist

Nigeria’s police is increasing pressure on opponents of the planned superhighway through Ekuri Forest. “I am more resolved than ever,” says the coalition's leader, Odigha.

Three people planting seedlings on the banks of blocked drainage ditches. Three others are standing behind them.

Jul 18, 2016

Indonesia: your donations are preventing forest fires

Smoke and forest fires turned Borneo into a living hell in the summer of 2015. Your donations are enabling activists to rewet peatlands and prevent future fires.

An African pangolin

Jun 30, 2016

Scales of more than 1,000 poached pangolins found

Hong Kong customs officials made a gruesome discovery onboard an incoming freighter: four tons of pangolin scales, with a street value of $1.25 million.

Two brown bears in a forest clearing

Jun 27, 2016

Austria: Schweighofer stripped of FSC seal over illegal timber

Pressure by conservationists has put an end to greenwashing by Austrian timber giant Schweighofer. The company has been stripped of its FSC seal.

Matek (SADIA) with indigenous people at an illegal logging site

Jun 27, 2016

Activists in danger after killing in Malaysia

Land rights activist Bill Kayong was killed in a drive-by shooting in broad daylight in Sarawak on June 21, sending shockwaves across the state.

A Rainforest Rescue activist in the embassy of Sierra Leone

Jun 16, 2016

Justice for the people of Sierra Leone

The NGOs Green Scenery and Rainforest Rescue delivered a petition with 120,000 signatures to the government of Sierra Leone in a coordinated action.

Volunteers fill bags with soil that will be used for planting tree seedlings

Jun 7, 2016

New trees for Indonesia’s orangutan forest

Devastating forest fires in Indonesia in 2015 destroyed parts of Tanjung Puting National Park. Our partners have since planted 6,000 seedlings to reforest the area.

A young rhino and an adult standing in the savannah

May 11, 2016

South Africa maintains ban on rhino horn trade

South Africa has given up its heavily criticized proposal to legalize international trade in rhino horn. Swaziland, however, has now advanced such a plan.

Apr 5, 2016

Major dam project canceled: a win for the rainforest in Malaysia

For more than five years, indigenous communities have been fighting the construction of a 1200 MW dam on Baram River in Borneo. At last, they can breathe easier! The project was canceled and the rights to 400 km2 of rainforest were returned to the villagers evicted for the project.

A pangolin in the forest

Feb 16, 2016

World Pangolin Day events in Berlin and Leipzig

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. Join us in taking action to protect them on World Pangolin Day in Berlin and Leipzig, Germany.