Publications

Volunteer Blog: Showcasing the Baka Culture and Beliefs

August 2020

I’m called Sineh Edel-queen, a Greenpeace Africa volunteer in Cameroon (Environmental Ambassadors of Cameroon). I had the opportunity to take part in the Baka community festival in Assok-Mintom March 2019…

Cameroon’s Government sentenced Ebo forest to death. This is why we should care.

August 2020

What would logging mean for Ebo forest and its ecosystems? Asks Greenpeace Africa Campaigner Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue

Greenpeace Africa: “Cameroon’s government just decided to massacre Ebo forest”

July 2020

Yaoundé, 23 July 2020 – Greenpeace Africa and local communities denounce a decision by the Government of Cameroon to open up 68,385 hectares of pristine rainforest to logging. The fate…

DEUTSCHE BANK’S LOAN TO HALCYON AGRI: A NEW LOW IN DUE DILIGENCE

July 2020

Yaoundé, 03 July 2020 – Greenpeace Africa calls for the immediate cancellation of Deutsche Bank’s $25 million loan to Singapore-based rubber producer Halcyon Agri to support investments in its Cameroon…

Greenpeace Africa comments on loggers demands excluded from finance law revision

June 2020

Yaoundé, 11 June 2020 – A request for massive tax reduction made two weeks ago by the loggers’ association GFBC was not included in the revision of the finance law…

Greenpeace Africa to Minister Ndongo: Tax breaks to logging companies might mean public funding for next pandemic

June 2020

Yaoundé, 2 June 2020 – Greenpeace Africa calls on Mr. Jules Doret Ndongo, Cameroon’s Minister of Forests and Wildlife, to reject the request for tax reduction made last week by…

140+ Africans on Zoom action to #SaveCongoRainforest on Biodiversity Day

May 2020

May 22, Johannesburg – More than 140 activists from across Africa gathered today in a Zoom action on the International Day of Biodiversity. Youth activists in Africa and around the…

Worried about biodiversity? End Industrial Activity in the Rainforest

May 2020

As we write this article, the world is still dealing with the COVID19 pandemic. Since the crisis began, it had repeatedly been shown that a healthy and undisturbed nature, especially…

34 Plastic Bans in Africa | A Reality Check

May 2020

Africa has come a long way on the journey to creating a single-use plastic-free world with many victorious milestones to celebrate across the continent. We’ve been said to be leading…

The blessings and the curses of the day after will be up to us

May 2020

Greenpeace Africa Campaigner Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue I started 2020 with a renewed sense of optimism. I promised myself to make the first year of the third decade of the third…

Finding the crack in the lockdown

April 2020

Human beings love comfort, freedom and certainty. The COVID-19 lockdown has instantly taken all that away from landing us in a new reality and an unchartered territory. Some react with…

Ebo forest is a blessing to more than 40 communities, numerous threatened species and the planet

April 2020

Ebo forest in Cameroon is one of the intact forest ecosystems in the Gulf of Guinea, stretching over 2000km. It is a massive biodiversity hotspot, which is why in 2006…

Cameroon government pushes new logging plans amidst a global coronavirus crisis

April 2020

Yaoundé, 26 March 2020 – Greenpeace Africa joins a call by local people in Cameroon’s Littoral Region to immediately cancel government plans to turn an area of nearly 150,000 hectares…

On World Forest Day, Greenpeace says 'no thanks' to 1 Trillion Trees campaign

March 2020

X 20 March, 2020 — On International Forests Day, Greenpeace X published its rejection of corporate and government tree-plantation initiatives to offset emissions, reinforcing the long-term importance of natural ecosystem…

For my birthday, all I want is a healthy forest

March 2020

When I think of the forest, I remember playing in it. We would build huts of sticks and moss, and vehicles from bamboo trees. Getting lost in the forest was…

The Garden of Eden of Indigenous People is turning into an Industrial Exploitation Hell / Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue and Lamfu Yengong Fabrice

December 2019

Access to land and its resources is crucial throughout rural Africa. Since the colonial era, local elites and foreign corporations have been taking control over large areas of agricultural lands.…

“We were told not to go into the forest anymore” - Greenpeace investigation exposes human rights violations by Halcyon Agri

November 2019

Yaoundé, 25 November 2019 – Following last year’s Ruinous Rubber report, which exposed the most devastating new forest clearance for industrial agriculture in the Congo Basin, Greenpeace Africa released today…

International Day of Rural Women: The case of Baka from South Cameroon - Sylvie Djacbou Deugoue

October 2019

In Cameroon, about half of my country is covered by forests. Home to incredible biodiversity, they are also central to the lives and livelihoods of many communities including the Baka.…

Local and indigenous communities should have a right to their lands

October 2019

International development agencies and our own government need to rethink their development approaches. Too often, instead of development, they end up degrading the environment and worsening social problems.  Decisions on…

Greenpeace calls on Governments to act ahead of Fires hitting Africa's Rainforest

August 2019

Kinshasa, 27 August 2019. Since August 21, more than 6,902 fires in Angola and 3,395 fires in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo have been documented, predominantly in the savanna area.…

Securing indigenous people’s land rights must be a priority for forest protection in Cameroon

August 2019

Yaoundé, 9 August – On the occasion of the celebration of the International Day of Indigenous People, Greenpeace Africa joins the indigenous people of Cameroon in demanding that companies responsible…

The government must support ecological agriculture. Here’s why.

August 2019

Over the past years, Africa’s population has more than doubled, while available arable land has only increased by approximately 10%. To meet the growing food demand, vast stretches of land…

Journey with me to learn more about ecological agriculture

July 2019

I took a trip to Cameroon late last year to visit communities that practice Ecological Agriculture. My motivation was to listen: why it is important, how to start an ecological…

A Beacon of hope from the indigenous people of DR Congo & Cameroon

May 2019

I could hear the early morning birds churning melodies from giant trees as we made our way, single-file, down the muddy footpath deep into the equatorial rainforest of Lokolama in…

Letter to Halcyon Agri

May 2019

In this letter dated 13 May 2019 Greenpeace Africa expresses its concern with the composition of Halycon Agri’s Sustainability Council in Cameroon. Click here to read the letter.

Indigenous culture key to protecting forests

April 2019

Last month, while on my way to Mintom – South Region of Cameroon, for the annual Baka festival celebrations, we had a car breakdown due to the poor state of…

Indigenous People Demand Consultation in Forest Management

April 2019

Mintom, 31st March 2019 – Stakeholders in the forestry sector have committed to consult the Baka people on all development projects that may impact their lives. This commitment was made…

Greenpeace Africa applauds the Norway Government Pension Fund’s divestment from Halycon Agri

March 2019

In response to news that Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — the world’s largest — divested last year from Singapore-based rubber giant Halcyon Agri Corporation Limited (Halcyon Agri) because of financial…

Greenpeace Africa calls for the promotion of traditional farming to reduce dependence of food imports

February 2019

In response to news that the government of Cameroon has lost over 9 000 billion FCFA from importing rice, corn, sugar and fish, Greenpeace Africa Forest Campaigner, Sylvie Djacbou, has…

Greenpeace Africa & Cameroonian Artists Launch Campaign Against Land Grabbing

December 2018

Douala, 11 December 2018-  Greenpeace Africa in partnership with Nsang Dilong, Freddy Kristel and Alene Menget today launched a campaign against land grabbing using videos and online petition in Cameroon.…

Environmental Stakeholders Interrogate Sudcam

December 2018

Yaoundé, 22nd November 2018- The negative socioeconomic and environmental repercussions of Sudcam activities in the South of Cameroon has prompted stakeholders from government and civil society to undertake a field…

Sudcam: bleeding the forest and its dependent communities

November 2018

I had the opportunity to do a field visit to communities impacted by Sud-Cameroun Hévéa (“Sudcam”), a rubber plantation company situated in the South region of Cameroon. Sudcam is a…

Health Crisis Rocks The Northern Regions of Cameroon

November 2018

In response to news of over 40 deaths and more than 600 affected by cholera outbreak in the Far North regions of Cameroon, Greenpeace Africa Mobilization Officer, Andoh Rex has…

Greenpeace Africa tasks Cameroonian government to improve accountability in the agricultural sector

October 2018

In response to news that over 18 billion frs CFA has been mismanaged from the Rice-Corn-Cassava programme, Greenpeace Africa forest Campaigner, Sylvie Djacbou has said: “It is distressful that over…

Greenpeace Africa expresses shock over Wijma activities in Cameroon

August 2018

In response to news that controversial Dutch wood processing and trading company Wijma and her subsidiary CAFECO are ceasing timber operations in South West Region of Cameroon, Greenpeace Africa’s Forest…

Greenpeace Africa Urges Halcyon Agri to Stop Destroying Livelihood & Biodiversity in Cameroon.

July 2018

Yaoundé, 24 July 2018- Greenpeace Africa has today published a report explaining how Singaporean based Halycon Agri and her Cameroonian subsidiary- Sudcam operate a sordid rubber plantation business in Cameroon.…

Greenpeace Africa responds to PIDMA-Cameroon importing 1000 tons of corn seeds

April 2018

In response to news that Agriculture Investment and Market Development Project (known by its French acronym- PIDMA) officials are augmenting food supply in Cameroon by importing 1000 tons of hybrid…

Greenpeace Africa and stakeholders discuss solutions to ailing forest management in Cameroon

October 2017

Douala, 16 October 2017 - A High Carbon Stock (HCS) Approach to forest management has been at the center of discussions between Greenpeace Africa and environmental stakeholders in a working…

Dutch court slams Fibois BV for lack of Due Diligence on Cameroon’s Timber

July 2017

Yaoundé, 03 July 2017- Following a complaint filed by Greenpeace against Dutch timber importer, Fibois BV, for involvement with questionable timber from Cameroon, a Dutch administrative court has upheld a…

The gaps and omissions in the CCT audit report by Cameroon’s Ministry of Forestry brings to light the need for an Independent Forest Monitor

November 2016

The Cameroon Ministry of Forestry recently published the results of an audit it commissioned of the Cameroonian company Compagnie de Commerce et de Transport (CCT). This audit concluded that the…

Let’s stop SGSOC palm oil plantation project

October 2016

When I arrived in Babensi II village last July, the whole community was desperately expecting Greenpeace and its partners to provide them with answers and solutions to get their land…

244 Cameroonian farmers bring SGSOC palm oil plantation to justice

October 2016

Yaounde, 4 October 2016 - Local communities affected by a large-scale palm oil plantation took their case to the Court of First Instance in Bangem, south-west Cameroon, with the first…

Herakles Farms/SGSOC: The chaotic history of destructive palm oil project in Cameroon

September 2016

Since 2010, Herakles Farms / SGSOC palm oil plantation in Cameroon's South-West region, multiplied misdeed towards the people living around the concession area. Greenpeace releases a report that builds on…

UNESCO fails to protect Cameroon’s Dja Reserve from multiple threats including the Sudcam rubber plantation

August 2016

Cameroon’s Dja Faunal Reserve, created in 1950, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its outstanding plant and wildlife biodiversity. The Reserve constitutes habitat for fourteen…

How Cameroon’s Stolen Wood Reaches International Markets

May 2016

Yaoundé, 26 May 2016 - A Greenpeace Africa investigation into illegal logging operations in Cameroon has uncovered a trail of stolen timber leading to Cameroon’s main log exporter Compagnie de…

La Socamba: How Cameroon’s stolen wood reaches international markets

May 2016

Cameroon’s forests are among the most species-rich in the Congo basin, containing the region’s most biologically diverse forests, providing valuable habitat for endangered Western Lowland Gorillas, chimpanzees and forest elephants,…

The new name behind the threat to Cameroon’s Forests

May 2016

After the slowdown of the destructive Herakles Farms palm oil project in Cameroon, following extensive environmental and social opposition, we had hope for the future. However, it now looks like…