Truck loaded with timber in the rainforest

Nov 21, 2012

Australia outlaws import and sale of illegally logged timber

Australia has sent a clear signal against illegal logging by passing the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill. With this, Australia is joining the U.S. and EU taking rigorous steps against the trade of timber logged illegally overseas.

logos of institutions that have signed the letter

Nov 13, 2012

Open Letter to Financial Institutions on Pulp Investment

Rainforest Rescue joined sixty environmental and social organizations, including a dozen Indonesian groups, in sending an open letter to financial institutions across the globe asking for assurance that they will not invest in pulp and paper industry projects associated with deforestation and human right abuses in Indonesia.

Handover of the signatures to UNESCO

Nov 6, 2012

Selous: Handover of 58,000 signatures to UNESCO

At the UNESCO office in Paris, Silvain Harmat of the organization Rainforest Rescue has delivered the petition against the alterations of the borders of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania. Afterwards, possible risks in the precedent, a potential abolition of the decision and further fields of action were discussed.

Man with oil spilled soil in his hands

Oct 11, 2012

U. S.: Court confirms record judgment against Chevron

The U. S. Supreme Court rejected an injunction against a judgment punishing Chevron for massive oil pollution of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. A court in Ecuador had issued a ruling condemning the American oil company to pay damages to the amount of $19 billion. Chevron attempted to block enforcement of this judgment – but ultimately failed.

Sep 18, 2012

Sustainable Biomass: A Modern Myth - New Biofuelwatch Report

Biofuelwatch has released a new report, ‘Sustainable Biomass: A Modern Myth’. It explores the certification companies certifying biomass as sustainable, the UK government’s proposed sustainability criteria for biomass, and developer’s ‘promises’ to source sustainable biomass.

Rainforest Rescue hands over signatures to Altmaier

Sep 13, 2012

Biofuel subsidies: the EU hits the brakes

The European Union wants to limit the use of so-called biofuels, Reuters reports. This piece of news may mark the beginning of the end of a long struggle: For years we have demanded that the EU stop the production of biofuels, which harms both people and the environment. Now, it seems that a first step has been taken.

A car chewing its way through the rainforest

Aug 21, 2012

Bioenergy has no future

A serious setback for the climate and energy politics of the German government and the EU. In their current statement a working group of more than 20 expert scientists from the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina have come to the conclusion that “in quantitative terms, bioenergy plays a minor role in the transition to renewable, sustainable energy sources in Germany at the present time and probably in the future.”.

Burning rainforest which has to make place for palm oil plantations

Jul 28, 2012

Even more severe critique against Cargill

23,000 hectares of rainforest in a conservation area for orangutans were destroyed – for a palm oil plantation. The concession is held by a palm oil company which also delivers to Cargill. The corporation keeps referring to their apparently sustainable supply chain. Cargill however won´t be able to dismiss the EIA report too swiftly.

Chief Raoni with his feathered headdress and war paint gives an Interview

Jul 1, 2012

Brazil: Protests against Belo Monte Dam declared illegal

Police forces of the Brazilian state of Pará have arrested eleven people who had participated in a protest action against the Belo Monte Dam. In advance of the environmental conference Rio+20, the activists had planned to hold a multi-day rally near Altamira in order to raise awareness of the environmental damage caused by the construction of the dam. The arrests came suddenly, and the prosecution is based on threadbare grounds.

Zebra mum and baby on the Serengeti plains

Jun 8, 2012

Two years fighting for the Great Serengeti

Serengeti Watch is building a strong coalition of support, advocacy, and funding for the Serengeti ecosystem, for the people living around it, as well as adjacent reserves and protected areas. Rainforest Rescue is glad to be part of this movement and we will do everything we can to defend the Serengeti.

Blue frog with spots on a leaf

May 24, 2012

Statement on the Barro Blanco dam project in the rainforest of Panama

The response of the German Investment and Development Company (DEG) to our “Dam action alert: Please help the Ngobe protect their rainforest” campaign was disappointing. The reply relies on superficial data that does not reflect the realities of the Tabasará region. We will continue to call on the DEG to stop the financing of the dam immediately.

Two men standing infront of a clearance for palm oil palntation

May 10, 2012

Tripa: Ministries of Environment and Forestry start investigations

Finally, field investigations into the crimes of the palm oil industry on Sumatra have begun. After months of inaction allowing the destruction of the Tripa Peat Swamps, at least some officials seem to have finally woken up. However, it's action, not words that is needed now to save the Tripa Peat Swamps and the Sumatran orangutans.

The Amazon river

Apr 26, 2012

Brazil: Controversial forest law endangers Amazon

The Brazilian parliament adopted a controversial amendment to the Forest law. This decision is a disastrous signal for global environmental protection only two months before the United Nations Rio+20 environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro. At this stage, only President Dilma Rousseff can stop the “logger law” with her veto.

a orangutan baby

Apr 4, 2012

Aceh judges refuse to rule over Tripa Case

In the case of the deforestation of the protected Tripa peat swamps, the indonesian court announced on Tuesday, 3rd of April, that it was unable to rule as the parties involved should have attempted mediation first. The conservationists who brought the case to court fear for the fate of the orangutans and have announced to appeal to the High Court.

A sealion with a target on it´s chest

Mar 20, 2012

100,000 signatures for the sea lions in Chile

The S.O.S. Sea Lions Chile campaign yesterday presented 100,000 signatures from Chilean citizens and people the world over to the Chilean government. Rainforest Rescue supported the initiative with over 40,000 signatures collected in our “Sea lions in Chile: Dying for the sake of salmon sandwiches?” protest campaign.

Horde of Antilopes in a lake

Mar 20, 2012

Tanzania loses battle over Serengeti road

Tanzania’s appeal to block a case against the construction of a “super highway” across the Serengeti National Park was dismissed on Thursday 15 March by the East African Court of Justice.

An employee of Rainforest Rescue hands over signatures to a board member of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council

Mar 7, 2012

Handover of signatures against the orangutan killings

At a lobbyist event of the Malaysian palm oil industry that took place in Berlin on March 1st, 2012, we handed over nearly 36.500 signatures of people protesting against the killing of orangutans on palm oil plantations.

Rainforest Rescue employees talking to Al-Hassan K. Kondeh

Jan 30, 2012

Handover of signatures in the Embassy of Sierra Leone

On January 26th, 2012, we handed over the collected signatures to diplomats of Sierra Leone.

Handover of signatures to FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva

Jan 25, 2012

Handover of protest signatures to the FAO

On January 21st, 2012, the protest signatures we collected during the campaign „Plantations are no forests“ were handed over to the director-general of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. The press conference held during the International Green Week Berlin offered a great opportunity to talk to José Graziano da Silva.

Protesters walking with a Rainforest Rescue banner

Jan 24, 2012

Demonstration: "We are fed up"

With a delegation of our own we protested along with 23.000 other people against the despicable agribusiness.

Indian activist Madhumita Dutta

Jan 21, 2012

Handover of signatures to Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand in France

A delegation of the French NGO ’Association Henri-Pézerat’ and CGT unionists handed over 35,000 signatures to the management board of Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand. More than 28,000 of these signatures were collected by Rainforest Rescue. In the request to Michelin we demand the immediate building freeze of a Michelin plant in Thervoy Kandigai (in Tamul Nadu, India).

Protesters walk with banners against oil companies

Jan 20, 2012

Violence in Indonesia – but Unilever is indifferent to victims of palm oil business

On December 14, 2011, Unilever in Hamburg made a pledge to an indigenous Sumatran family: Unilever would ensure that its palm oil supplier, Wilmar, would rebuild the homes it destroyed and compensate the victims within 30 days. The company has not kept its promise. On the contrary – the families are still being bullied. In an open letter in cooperation with Watch Indonesia! and Robin Wood, we are now calling on Unilever CEO Paul Polman to stop buying palm oil from Wilmar.

Jan 19, 2012

Stop subsidising deforestation and land-grabbing for biomass and bioliquid electricity

Open letter to the UK and Scottish Governments relating to the Renewables Obligation Banding Consultation

A drawing of a bird in a tree

Jan 4, 2012

Life in the forests – illustrated by a 13 year old girl

A love of walking in forests in her home country of the Philippines inspired the winning entry of 13-year-old Trisha Co Reyes in the 2011 International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment – watch Trisha’s painting come to life.

Jan 4, 2012

Illegal Logging and Trade of Madagascar's Precious Woods

This Video shows  the illegal logging crisis that hit Madagascar's national parks since early 2009, and how the illegal wood is turned into luxury furniture and other goods in China, Europe and the US.