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World Environment Day- Greenpeace Africa Launches Online Campaign Platform to strengthen Environmental activism in Africa

The platform seeks to grow an environmental movement and give a voice to millions of Africans across the continent

Today, World Environment Day, Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa) has launched VUMA. EARTH (www.VUMA.earth) - an online campaign platform for ordinary citizens to run environmental petitions. The platform seeks to grow an environmental movement and give a voice to millions of Africans across the continent . The tool provides a space for Africans…

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Africans want the continent to #BreakFree from fossil fuels

The Break Free movement in Africa is co-ordinated by Greenpeace Africa, African Climate Reality Project (ACRP), 350.org and Earthlife Africa Jhb

Today, Africa Day, citizens and communities in almost 20 countries across the African continent are gathering, taking to the streets and actively blocking the fossil fuel economy as part of a continent-wide day of action. By joining the Break Free movement, regular citizens and activists from communities across Africa will…

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World Water Day: Greenpeace demands more commitment to defend South African people’s right to water

The spotlight on water is at the heart of all conversations in South Africa with questions mainly being raised around sustainable water management, government’s role in the securing access of clean water for all citizens

This year, South Africa will observe World Water Week under the ominous cloud of the Cape Town water crisis, and the stark reality of long-term water scarcity in South Africa and beyond our borders. The spotlight on water is at the heart of all conversations in South Africa with questions…

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Chinese companies see subsidies cancelled and permits removed for illegal fishing in West Africa

Evidence of various infringements including illegal nets, shark finning and fishing without licence were handed over by Greenpeace to West African and Chinese authorities

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) (http://english.Agri.gov.cn) is pulling the plug on three Chinese companies conducting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in West Africa. This demonstrates an increased intolerance by authorities towards Chinese vessels involved in IUU. The MoA has cancelled the distant water fishing certificate of the Lian…

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    • Approbation du décaissement de la 2ème sous-tranche du Fonds National REDD+ de la RDC
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Democratic Republic of the Congo's government reinstates illegal logging concessions in breach of its own moratorium

Two of the concessions overlap with a recently discovered peatland deposit covering 145,000 km² and believed to contain 30 billion tons of carbon

The Congolese Minister of Environment, Amy Ambatobe, has reinstated 6,500 km² of logging concessions that were cancelled in August 2016 by the then Environment Minister Robert Bopolo following instructions from then Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo. The three concessions reinstated on 1 February 2018 were awarded to the Chinese-owned logging…

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    • Greenpeace Africa’s Executive Director Wins a Prestigious Human Rights Award (1). Photo credits: National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Kenya.
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Greenpeace Africa’s Executive Director Wins a Prestigious Human Rights Award

Njeri has mentored many and her recent advances in the environmental protection crowns her lifelong commitment to human rights promotion and protection

Greenpeace Africa’s (www.Greenpeace.org/africa) Executive Director, Njeri Kabeberi, has won the 2017 Munir Mazrui ‘Lifetime Achievement Human Rights Defenders Award’ in a ceremony organised by the National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (NCHRD-K) at the Royal Netherlands embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. This is one of three categories of Human Rights Defenders (HRD)…

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South Africa: Department of Environmental affairs shut down by activists

The activists made a public demand that the Department of Environmental Affairs withdraws the environmental authorisation that has been issued for a proposed nuclear power station at Duynefontein

Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa) and Earthlife Africa Jhb (http://Earthlife.org.za) activists have today confronted the Department of Environmental Affairs by blocking the main entrance to the Department ​with nuclear barrels. The activists made a public demand that the Department of Environmental Affairs withdraws the environmental authorisation that has been issued for a…

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Urgent action needed to solve West African food security threat

In only twenty days, Greenpeace and fisheries inspectors from Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone and Senegal came across 17 vessels contravening applicable rules

Vessels arrested for illegally fishing in West African waters are still carrying on with business as usual, said a Greenpeace Africa (www.Greenpeace.org/africa/en) report released today on World Fisheries Day (http://APO.af/n9KAiN). The report, “The Cost of Ocean Destruction”, details how West African fishermen and communities continue to suffer from the consequences…

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Congolese officials stop Greenpeace Africa awareness campaign about the importance of the Congo Basin forest

The Esperanza has been on a month-long tour of the coast of Central Africa to raise awareness about the importance of the Congo Basin forest

Greenpeace’s (www.Greenpeace.com) ship, the Esperanza was barred on Tuesday from berthing at the port of Pointe Noire in the Republic of Congo. For two days, the ship had anchored in Congolese waters. But port and government officials in Pointe Noire refused her to berth, claiming no prior knowledge about the…

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    • Scientists confirm presence of peatlands in Democratic Republic of Congo [1]
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Scientists confirm presence of peatlands in Democratic Republic of Congo

A major threat for the peatland is industrial logging. Of a total of 57 logging concessions in the DRC, at least 29, covering around 5 million hectares, are illegal

Scientist have confirmed the presence of peatlands in the Democratic Republic of Congo after an expedition in the village of Lokolama (45 km from Mbandaka - capital of the province of Equateur in the Democratic Republic of Congo). The first Congo Basin peatlands map was published in January 2017, in…