Activists with a taped mouth in Quito

Dec 5, 2013

Fundación Pachamama Requests SOLIDARITY

QUITO - On Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, plain-clothes police officers appeared at the offices of Fundación Pachamama and proceeded to shut down the facilities, leaving a resolution from the Ministry of Environment ordering the dissolution the organization.

Dec 1, 2013

The tragedy of Tanjung Puting National Park

In Borneo’s Tanjung Puting National Park, ancient trees are being felled for oil palm plantations. Meanwhile, palm oil companies are patting themselves on the back for their “sustainable” farming practices at their annual meeting on Sumatra. And the EU is ignoring the devastating consequences of its agrofuels policy for the rainforests. A report from Indonesia.

A Koala sits on an eucalytpus tree

Nov 21, 2013

The world steps up to protect koalas

We asked for your help in protecting koalas in a call to action on our website. The response was loud and clear: more than 83,000 people from all over the world signed our petition to save the Australian marsupials.

Nov 14, 2013

Recent news on agroenergy

This is a link list with recent reports about agroenergy

Nov 13, 2013

Communities and biodiversity under threat from Europe's bioenergy boom

Biofuelwatch's new report looks at the current impacts of the UK's demand for biomass industry on forests and communities worldwide. Although the focus is on UK demand, it is relevant for large- scale biomass electricity anywhere.

Oct 1, 2013

Coal India is deluding investors

The biggest coal miner in the world, Coal India Ltd., has rigged the market with false information to increase its value. According to a study published by Greenpeace, investors needed to spend more money per share than fair market value suggested.

Environmental activists hand over the signatures to members of the European Parliament

Sep 26, 2013

Strasbourg: 243,998 signatures against agrofuels handed over

Rainforest Rescue and other environmental and human rights organizations have collected 243,998 signatures of people who call for a change in the fatal agrofuels policy of the European Union.

UN Special Rapporteur Jamas Anaya

Jul 30, 2013

Panama: UN expert calls for recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya, concluded his official visit to Panama today. In his final statement, Mr. Anaya stated that indigenous peoples of the country are calling for greater recognition and protection of their territories and natural resources.

fire in the forest at night

Jun 23, 2013

Forests ablaze in Sumatra – and the EU pours oil on the fire

Rainforests are burning on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The arsonists: palm oil companies that need land for their plantations. And while humans, animals and plants are helpless in the face of the fires, the EU industry committee just voted to increase the biofuel share in motor vehicle fuels.

2 pictures. Left: Oil palm plantation next to rainforest. Right: A man looks at devastated land

Jun 17, 2013

Palm oil lobby woos legislators

In early May, five EU parliamentarians went on a luxury trip to Malaysia and Singapore at the invitation of Neste Oil. The palm oil company’s generosity was not without ulterior motives, as the EU is currently reviewing its agrofuels policy.

bulldozer in a clear-cut area in the rainforest in cameroon

Jun 6, 2013

Cameroon: Government is stopping deforestation

The U.S. company Herakles Farms wants to destroy 70,000 hectares of rainforest for its huge palm oil project. Illegal clearings have already started. The authorities have now stopped the company's activities and seized the logging machinery in the rainforest.

May 3, 2013

Borneo, Indonesia: Earth Day Campaigns to raise public awareness

Our partners at Save Our Borneo never miss an opportunity to bring the state of the rainforests in their homeland to their fellow humans’ attention. This time, they chose International Earth Day for their activities.

Apr 15, 2013

Malaysia: Video documents corruption of Chief Minister

One of the most notorious enemies of the rainforest has been exposed: The British environmental organization Global Witness recorded a video of members of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib’s extended family illegally selling off vast tracts of rainforest in the Malaysian part of Borneo.

Mar 15, 2013

Panama: Time is running out for Tabasará communities

On 8th March, during a 3-hour blockade which prevented vehicles from leaving or entering the Barro Blanco hydroelectric dam construction site in western Panama, an 80-strong group of Ngabe protesters were dispersed by riot squads who pelted the area with tear gas.

Slow loris on a tree

Jan 28, 2013

Indonesia: slow lorises are not merchandise

On Friday, January 18, 2013, Rainforest Rescue presented a petition with 48,838 signatures protesting the illegal trade in slow lorises to the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin.

David Vollrath from Rainforest Rescue hands over the signatures to the diplomatic secretary

Jan 24, 2013

Colombia: Stop the chainsaws

On January 17, 2013, Rainforest Rescue had an appointment at the Colombian Embassy in Berlin. We presented senior embassy staff a petition with 72,877 signatures protesting the impending illegal clearance of 4,000 rainforest trees in Colombia’s Atrato region.

A Truck loaded with tropical timber in the Malaysian state Sabah

Jan 21, 2013

Switzerland: petition presented to UBS

On January 17, 2013, we presented our petition with 48,462 signatures to the Swiss UBS bank, calling on them to freeze the accounts of Musa Aman and refrain from business involving money from the illegal trade in tropical timber

Virunga ranger with Gorilla baby in arms

Jan 4, 2013

Virunga NP: Interview with park management

380 rare mountain gorillas live in Virunga National Park in large family groups. Now Britain’s SOCO International plc intends to drill for oil in the park. This would spell the end of the park and the gorillas. Rainforest Rescue interviewed Ephrem Balole of the Virunga park managment.

Jan 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Thank you for your wonderful support in 2012 and Happy New Year from Rainforest Rescue! We wish you a wonderful 2013.You can still send Happy New Year E-cards to your family and friends: