Gorilla mother with baby in her arms in the Virunga Rainforest

May 31, 2013

Congo: First success for endangered mountain gorillas

There is new hope for the Virunga National Park in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this world heritage, the government has opened five areas for oil exploration. Due to worldwide protests of environmentalists, the oil company TOTAL pulled out of the exploration project.

A woman carrying a child and a megaphone

May 27, 2013

Verdict in Indonesia: Government must return ancestral lands

The indigenous peoples of Indonesia and its advocacy group, AMAN, have scored a great success: the Constitutional Court ruled that the government must recognize the land rights of forest dwellers. It may no longer class their customary forests as “state forest areas” and lease them to loggers or plantation operators.

A baby elephant standing over the body of its dead mother, touching her head with its trunk

Mar 22, 2013

Over 100,000 signatures for elephant conservation in Malaysia

Earlier this year, the image of a tiny elephant calf trying in vain to awaken his dead mother with his trunk moved people around the world. The poisoning of 14 endangered Borneo pygmy elephants in the Malaysian state of Sabah met with incomprehension and indignation.

Protesters in Indonesia

Mar 20, 2013

Indonesia: Incense farmers have been released

Because they were defending themselves against the logging of their rainforest on the island of Sumatra, 31 protesters have been arrested. Due to protests from all around the world – including a petition from German Rainforest Rescue with 28,000 participants – the 16 remaining incense farmers have now been released.

Feb 13, 2013

Brazil: Guaraní land rights established

On January 10, 2013, the national authority for the protection of indigenous peoples in Brazil (FUNAI) confirmed the rights of two Guaraní-Kaiowá communities to 41,571 hectares of land. FUNAI thus responded to protests by the Guaraní, who for decades have been pitted against major landholders who have been colonizing the indigenous territory.

Oil palm seedlings on a plantation in Indonesia

Jan 11, 2013

Success as Hawaii's largest energy company halts palm oil use in power stations

Back in October 2010, Rainforest Rescue and Biofuelwatch joined local campaigners in Hawaii in opposing plans for large-scale palm oil burning in power stations by the islands' largest energy company, HECO. Ever since then, HECO has not burnt any more palm oil.

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