On Monday, 5 April 2021, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksha issued a gazette banning oil palm cultivation in Sri Lanka (gazette No. 2222/13). President Rajapaksha stated that "representations have been made to me that the oil palm cultivation already widespread...
Forests and Biodiversity
Half of the world’s forests have disappeared. Privatisation, trade liberalisation and increased exports of crops, such as soy and palm oil, have led to a massive increase in large-scale plantations, triggering further deforestation. Yet forests provide livelihoods for many local communities and indigenous peoples. They help to regulate our climate, and are home to some of the most species-diverse habitats on earth.
We work with local communities and indigenous peoples to conserve forests, and strengthen communities’ rights and community management of forests.
We campaign against industrial large scale plantations, monoculture, destructive logging and the commodification and financialization of forests and biodiversity.
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Regional Program Coordinators
The Forest Service plans to allow 72% of forests across the country to be logged as part of a “2050 Carbon-Neutral Forestry Sector” plan. Despite Forest Service’s claims, older trees retain higher carbon absorption capacity. Trees have ecological value beyond carbon...
From Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center (LRC)/Friends of the Earth Philippines As the Bangsamoro edges closer to its long-held aspiration for full autonomy, non-Moro Indigenous Peoples (NMIPs) are in danger of becoming a "minority within a minority." In the...