Nickel mining in Sulawesi

Jun 2, 2021

180+ organizations and academics reject extractive-heavy EU Green Deal

Plans to drastically increase mining in Europe and in the global South are bad news for the climate, ecosystems and human rights around the world.

European SLAPP Contest logo

May 21, 2021

Korindo scores big as “International Bully of the Year”

And the winner of this year’s European SLAPP Contest is... Korindo! The Indonesian conglomerate takes this year’s prize as “International Bully of the Year”.

Protest march

May 16, 2021

The 2021 European SLAPP Contest – vote for your “favorite” legal bully!

The Coalition Against SLAPPs in Europe (CASE) is holding its first annual European SLAPP Contest – complete with a People’s Choice Award.

Loggerhead turtle in Malaysia

May 6, 2021

Malaysia: rescued sea turtle released in threatened biodiversity hotspot

A loggerhead turtle was rescued by local fishermen in the south of Penang island, West Malaysia, at a threatened stretch of coastline.

An indigenous man wearing feathers and a painted face standing in the forest with a blowpipe

Mar 31, 2021

UN report: indigenous people are the best forest guardians

A new United Nations report concludes that deforestation rates are significantly lower in areas where indigenous peoples live and bear responsibility for their forests.

Gold prospectors on a river in Côte d’Ivoire

Mar 24, 2021

Where are the chimpanzees of Djouroutou?

For years, a group of 25 to 30 chimpanzees had been habituated to the presence of visitors to Taї National Park, but in February the animals disappeared without a trace.

450 organisations say: STOP UE-MERCOSUR

Mar 15, 2021

450+ organizations join forces against EU-Mercosur agreement

The new Stop EU-Mercosur coalition is calling on political leaders to reject the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement and put people and the planet before profit.

A truck driving through an oil palm plantation in Liberia

Mar 8, 2021

Confirmed: palm oil company destroys rainforest in Liberia

Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) is clearing richly biodiverse rainforest – this is the conclusion of a report by High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA), an industry organization.

Oil palm plantation on Papua

Mar 5, 2021

Study: Indonesia's “Food Estates” drive hunger and environmental destruction

The new “Food Estate” programs announced for Indonesia will result in more hunger and threaten local people, regional forests and the global climate.

Kalimantan oil palm plantation

Feb 25, 2021

Satellite images debunk "sustainable palm oil" pledges

Rainforest destruction for palm oil remains a reality, as the analysis of satellite image data from Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.

Fire in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

Feb 24, 2021

Rainforest Rescue speaks out against the EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement

Today Rainforest Rescue presents 380,000 signatures against a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur countries at the European Parliament's Petitions Committee.

A villager is assaulted by plantation workers

Feb 11, 2021

Brutality against Sarawak villagers – Covid lockdown hinders assistance

Indigenous people often suffer violence at the hands of thugs working for oil palm plantations: Our Malaysian partner Matek Geram sent us a frightening video.

JATAM solidarity banner

Jan 22, 2021

We will not be intimidated or silenced! – a declaration of solidarity

Rettet den Regenwald e.V. (Rainforest Rescue) is currently facing a lawsuit before the District Court of Hamburg, Germany.

Effendi Buhing from Kinipan and Safrudin Mahendra of Save Our Borneo

Dec 2, 2020

Petition delivered – will Kinipan forest on Borneo be saved?

Save our Borneo has delivered our petition to indigenous leader Effendi Buhing, who will personally present it to Indonesian policymakers and business representatives.

Satellite image of deforestation – Tamshiyacu, Peru

Nov 5, 2020

Peruvian cocoa company ordered to restore rainforest

The cocoa company Tamshi SAC is threatening to sue Peru in an arbitration court after being ordered to close plantations that it cut into the rainforest.

Fire in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest

Oct 22, 2020

Mercosur free trade: European Parliament delivers a firm rebuke

European Parliament rejects free trade agreement with South American Mercosur countries for lack of protection for the climate, biodiversity and indigenous rights

Oil palm plantation, Borneo, Indonesia

Oct 22, 2020

Palm oil for Nestlé: more than 1,000 cases of deforestation per day

Nestlé has failed to keep its promise that the palm oil it uses will be free of deforestation and human rights abuses by 2020.

Water pollution due to nickel smelting

Oct 9, 2020

The dark side of Tesla: gigafactories need gigamines

The CEO of the electric car manufacturer Tesla is encouraging the global mining of nickel – around 32 kg are needed for the batteries of a single mid-range car.

Fire in Amazonia

Sep 13, 2020

EU-Mercosur free trade: fueling the (forest) fire

A free trade agreement between the EU and the South American Mercosur alliance is a threat to humans, nature and the climate. But it’s not too late to stop it.

Freedom for Effendi Buhing! Montage

Sep 3, 2020

Indigenous people behind bars, smooth sailing for palm oil industry

In Kinipan, Borneo, the police arrested six indigenous men, including their traditional leader Effendi Buhing, for protesting against land grabbing and deforestation.

Matek surveying a forest

Sep 2, 2020

Covid lockdown not stopping Matek’s conservation work

While the world focuses on Covid-19, nature is being left wide open to exploitation. Activists like Matek Geram are going the extra mile to protect the rainforests.

Indigenous Suku Anak Dalam with Feri Irawan in Jambi, Sumatra

Aug 30, 2020

Coal road to slash through Sumatra’s protected Hutan Harapan forest

Indonesia has authorized a road through the protected Hutan Harapan forest. Transporting coal apparently takes priority over protecting nature and the climate.

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Jul 31, 2020

Global Witness issues alarming report on human rights defenders killed in 2019

Human rights NGO Global Witness recorded the highest number of land and environmental activists murdered in a single year


Jul 19, 2020

Situation of western chimpanzees deteriorating dramatically

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, western chimpanzees are on a trajectory toward extinction unless drastic measures are taken immediately.

Portrait of Reinhard Behrend

Jun 8, 2020

Rest in peace, Rainforest Rescue founder Reinhard Behrend

Reinhard Behrend passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020. The driving force behind Rainforest Rescue, he dedicated his life to the preservation of nature.

Anti-mining march in Esquel, Argentina, May 4, 2020

Jun 2, 2020

Global solidarity with communities, indigenous peoples and workers at risk from mining pandemic profiteers

A new analysis supported by over 300 organizations condemns the four main ways in which multinational mining companies are profiting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deforestation for PT Digoel Agri oil palm plantation in Papua

Mar 29, 2020

Papua's forests face an unparalleled assault

More than a quarter million hectares of forest are being clear-cut in Papua for the largest oil palm plantation in the world.

Bile extraction from a bear

Mar 26, 2020

Chinese government recommends bear bile as coronavirus treatment

China’s government recommends injections of a traditional Chinese “medicine” containing bear bile as a treatment for COVID-19.