Amazon rainforest

May 4, 2022

2021: world loses 11.1 million hectares of tropical forest

The world lost 11.1 million hectares of tropical forest in 2021, with particularly alarming developments in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A river flowing through the rainforest

Apr 25, 2022

More than expected: 73,300 tree species on Earth

A new study concludes that an estimated 73,300 tree species exist on Earth, with 9,200 of them still undiscovered by science.

Benzoin tree in North Sumatra (Styrax benzoin)

Apr 19, 2022

A man-made disaster: mega-plantations in the rainforests of Sumatra

Mega-plantations are consuming millions of acres of forest and destroying the livelihoods of smallholders. A brief look at the reality of "Food Estates" in North Sumatra.

Aerial view of the Sapara rainforest from a small plane

Apr 14, 2022

Ecuador: The Sápara people reclaim 251,503 hectares of rainforest

With the support of Rainforest Rescue, the indigenous Sápara people of Ecuador have regained ownership of their rainforest after months of legal battles.

Papua man from the Gebze clan, Merauke, Indonesia

Mar 17, 2022

Moorim paper company destroys pristine forests in Papua, Indonesia

Papua, a paradise for biodiversity and indigenous culture, is being devastated for paper. An investigation details the destruction of pristine forests in Papua, Indonesia.

Traditional chiefs in Lokutu, DRC

Mar 1, 2022

Development banks shirk responsibility for victims of land grabbing and violence

DEG has sold its shares in the Congolese plantation company PHC, leaving local people vulnerable to the whims of the new investors.

Indigenous people protesting, a banner in the background

Feb 22, 2022

Ecuador: Constitutional Court backs indigenous people in fight against gold mining

Illegal gold mining concessions in the territory of the indigenous A'i Cofán must revoked. The Constitutional Court upheld the complaints of the indigenous people.

A young Indonesian with a wheelbarrow filled with palm fruits

Feb 17, 2022

A victory for land rights: Penyang village prevails in court

An encouraging precedent: Mr. Hiden from Penyang in Borneo prevailed against a palm oil company. According to the court ruling, the company must return the stolen land.

Giraffes

Feb 14, 2022

Namibia: Canadian oil company reportedly destroys pristine bushland

ReconAfrica, a Canadian oil company, is reported to have destroyed bushland in Namibia. The company has announced plans to drill three to six additional test wells in 2022.

Protest against Okomu Oil Palm Oil in Nigeria

Feb 11, 2022

72,643 signatures delivered to UN over Africa deals with Bolloré

It was a wake-up call for three UN agencies: On Monday, Rainforest Rescue and the Oakland Institute sent them a petition with 72,643 signatures.

Indigenous Maasai

Feb 2, 2022

Maasai fears of eviction are growing

In Tanzania, the situation for the pastoralist Maasai people is coming to a head: Plans by the authorities to evict tens of thousands of people are taking shape.

Protest by the citizens of Kinipan in front of the court in Palangkaraya, 2022

Feb 2, 2022

Defenders of Kinipan Forest in Borneo taken to court

The village of Kinipan in the mountains of Borneo has become a symbol of the dispute over forest rights. Now their village chief is on trial.

EU Commissioner Věra Jourová (right) accepts the petition

Feb 1, 2022

Petition with 213,432 signatures delivered to European Commission

The home stretch was breathtaking, with the number of signatures going up dramatically in the closing hours – 213,432 supporters had signed our petition to the EU.

A group of oil workers work between two streams of black oil that have spilled down a boulder-covered mountainside in the rainforest. In the background, a section of pipe from the oil pipeline can be seen.

Feb 1, 2022

Ecuador: Pipeline rupture causes oil spill in rainforest

The OCP pipeline was built with a million-euro loan from Westdeutsche Landesbank. Indigenous organizations complain about the pollution of rivers in the Amazon region.

African elephant in forest

Jan 7, 2022

Ivory trade in the EU is (almost) history

The protection of elephants is making headway: the European Commission is finally moving to close loopholes in the trade in ivory within Europe.

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