Tanzania: “Queen of Ivory” arrested
Tanzania struck a major blow against wildlife crime by arresting a Chinese businesswoman reputed to be a kingpin of the ivory business.
Indonesia: conviction of rainforest arsonists upheld
Indonesia’s Supreme Court took a stand against slash and burn by upholding the conviction of PT Kallista Alam, a palm oil company, for setting fires in protected forests.
Papua New Guinea: governor to protect Woodlark cuscus
The fight against deforestation on Woodlark in Papua New Guinea is gaining traction: the governor of Milne Bay Province is stepping in to stop the destruction.
India: protests save tigers from coal mining
India’s Mahan forests are safe at last. According to Greenpeace, plans for a coal mine that would have meant felling 500,000 trees are off the table.
Panama: Ngäbe-Buglé stop dam project
A big victory for Panama’s indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé people: the government has put a stop to work on the Barro Blanco dam that would have flooded their traditional land.
Ecuadorian activist Javier Ramírez is free
Farmer and activist Javier Ramírez was finally freed after 308 days behind bars for speaking out against the destruction of his homeland for a copper mine. International environmental and human rights organizations demanded his immediate and unconditional release.