Success: Mekong will remain free of dams
Inhabitants and global environmental organisations protested against eleven planned hydro-electric power plants at the lower length of the Mekong. This caused the governments of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam to concede today. The decision concerning the planned Xayaburi dam was postponed indefinitely.
Partial success in Peru: Government lifts state of emergency in Cajamarca
The Peruvian government has lifted the state of emergency in four provinces in the region of Cajamarca in northern Peru. Thus, the government has responded to the numerous national and international protests criticising the declaration of the state of emergency and the suspension of fundamental rights associated with it.
Partial success in Sri Lanka: Dole withdraws from National Park
The Dole corporation, well known for bananas and other tropical fruit, has responded to the protests of international environmental organizations against building new plantations in a tropical forest area and elephant habitat in Sri Lanka.
Indonesia: Success Story of Our Partner Organisation
Bolivia stops construction of road through National Park
Columbia: No Petroleum Extraction in Insular Paradise
“I want everybody to know you may rest assured there will be no petroleum extraction in our archipelago whatsoever”, Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos officially announced in his speech on 01 October 2011 on the Island of San Andrés. “In agreement with the Ministry of Environment we have decided against this kind of raw material extraction”, the President further explained, and instead promised the introduction of a conservation plan for protecting marine ecosystems.
Success: Madagascar and Panama restrict trade in ebony and rosewood
Cameroon: Court stops deforestation
A recent judicial degree by a Cameroon court declared the planned deforestation of 30.000 hectares of rainforest close to the Korup National Park illegal. The judges stopped the activities of US investor Herakles Capital and followed the arguments of an environmetal lawyer.
Bolivia to halt construction on roadway
Unilever: Deforestation Award attracted a lot of attention
Indonesia: Plantation Law contravenes constitution
This is a huge success for our cooperation partner in Indonesia: On September 19, 2011, the Indonesian Constitutional Court ruled that Articles 21 and 47 of the Plantation Law (Law Act No. 18) of 2004 contravene the Indonesian constitution.
Progress in Bolivia: Bolivian President agrees to meet local Indians
Since August 15, about 1,000 Bolivian Indians – women, men, children and elderly people – are on a protest march toward La Paz. In about one month they are hoping to complete their journey of about 400 miles from the rainforest to the Presidential Palace. Now the Bolivian president wants to personally receive the indigenous people as requested.
Officeworks discontinues selling PaperOne
Officeworks has taken our concerns serious and decided to discontinue procurement of PaperOne as of August 24th 2011.