Publications

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…

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…

CAFI and illegal award of DRC logging concessions

March 2020

Dear Ms. Bretas, Let me first extend my best wishes to the Board in this time of global crisis. We’re writing with reference to CAFI’s silence regarding the illegal award…

Congo's Environment Minister must react to the first major logging scandal since assuming office

March 2020

Kinshasa, 4 March 2020 – Following reports that the DRC Environment and Sustainable Development Minister, Claude Nyamugabo, signed at least nine logging concession contracts in January [1], Greenpeace Africa joins…

Greenpeace Africa stands with jailed community leaders in Kisangani: “Environmental criminals belong behind bars - not people fighting for justice”

February 2020

Kinshasa, 13 February 2020 Greenpeace Africa joins a call for the release of five community leaders from Yalifombo, who will again appear in court next week in Kisangani after their…

Fighting for climate action but barred from COP25: what did these Congolese forest defenders want to say in Madrid?

December 2019

Kinshasa, 10 December 2019 Greenpeace Africa and a coalition of eight NGOs from the two Congos are calling for the immediate cancellation of all industrial activities in peatlands, including oil…

Greenpeace on Inga III: Congo’s natural Resources belong to the Congolese - not to Multinationals

October 2019

Kinshasa, 28 October 2019 Greenpeace Africa welcomes a new report from Resource Matters and Congo Research Group confirming suspicions that the $14 billion Inga III hydroelectric project in the Democratic…

Rainforest Foundation UK and Greenpeace Africa express Alarm at Norway/France-funded Project intended to protect Rainforests

September 2019

Johannesburg, 23 September. An agreement between the governments of France and Norway and the Republic of Congo to protect its rainforest and peatlands gives a green light to oil exploitation…

Violent Arrests and Torture expose the Myth of ‘Development’

September 2019

On the night of 12 September, several members of the Yalifombo community in Tshopo province were arrested by Congolese national police driving a Feronia PHC jeep and accompanied by Feronia…

President Tshisekedi’s noble Ambitions in New York require tough Action in Kinshasa

September 2019

Kinshasa, 23 September 2019 – President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Felix Tshisekedi spoke today (Monday) at the UN Secretary General  Climate Action Summit of the strategic…

Greenpeace Africa on Congo-Brazzaville CAFI agreement: “Peatlands must be a no-go zone for all industrial activity”

September 2019

Johannesburg, 4 September 2019 – Greenpeace Africa denounces the surprise signature of a CAFI Letter of Intent (LoI) by the presidents of France and the Republic of the Congo giving…

“Protected Status of Mukula Tree is Good News for Africa's Miombo Woodlands” - Greenpeace Africa

August 2019

Kinshasa, 30 August 2019. Greenpeace Africa documented large scale fraudulent logging of mukula timber in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in August 2016. Today, the protected status of the…

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.…

European Union must demand the cancellation of the Cuvette Centrale oil blocks

August 2019

Following the meeting last July 31 between traditional leaders from the area around the UNESCO World Heritage Site Salonga National Park and the EU delegation in Kinshasa, where the oil…

To empower communities, DRC should grant them more forest concessions

August 2019

March 2019, almost a year after the indigenous people from Lokolama village in the Equateur province filed their application for a forest concession, I went back there to celebrate with…

Congo-Brazzaville’s handout of peatland oil blocks: a declaration of war on the planet

July 2019

South Africa, July 23, 2019: Greenpeace Africa calls for the cancellation of all oil blocks in the carbon-rich rainforest of the Republic of the Congo. 58% of the country’s peat swamp…

DRC: Greenpeace Africa welcomes the criminal conviction of three wildlife traffickers

July 2019

Kinshasa, 9 July 2019 – Following the conviction of three wildlife traffickers to a term of five months imprisonment and the payment of damages of $ 5,000 by the Tribunal…

Illegal logging concessions should be urgently cancelled - Greenpeace Africa

July 2019

Kinshasa, 05 July 2019 – Civil society organisations who are signatories of the CSO declaration on the allocation of new forest concessions by the State have made recommendations [1] to…

The world’s largest complex of tropical peatlands under threat due to industrial activities

June 2019

Kinshasa, June 28, 2019 – Greenpeace Africa calls on the governments of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo to ban all industrial activity in the world’s…

Greenpeace expedition to the Congo Basin forest: “Industrial activity in the peatlands can detonate a 30,6 billion tonnes carbon bomb”

June 2019

Kinshasa, June 26, 2019 – Greenpeace Africa and scientists from the Universities of Leeds (UK) and Kisangani (DRC) have concluded an expedition to the peatlands of the Congo Basin forest…

Media expedition to understand the Congo Basin forest’s peatlands

June 2019

Kinshasa, June 14, 2019 – Greenpeace Africa and scientists from the Universities of Leeds (UK) and Kisangani (DRC) are organising an expedition to the peatlands of the Congo Basin forest,…

50 million hectares destroyed as companies disregard zero deforestation pledge

June 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 11 June 2019 – At least 50 million hectares of forest – an area the size of Spain – is set to be destroyed for commodities during the…

Biodiversity loss: urgent need for forest, ocean protection and dietary change

May 2019

Paris, 6 May 2019 – The UN’s biodiversity report warning of mass species loss due to human impacts must spark urgent action to protect the world’s forests and oceans and…

Greenpeace Africa calls on DRC president to cancel Oil Contract in Salonga National Park and Central Cuvette peatlands

March 2019

Following the Bloomberg revelation that former DRC president Joseph Kabila signed a presidential order validating an oil deal that would allow drilling in Salonga National Park as well as in…

Greenpeace Africa alarmed over the launch of Phase 2 of the CongoPeat Project in the Republic of Congo [Updated]

January 2019

Following the announcement of the launch of the second phase of the CongoPeat Project by Congolese Minister of Environment Arlette Soudan-Nonault, Victorine Che Thoener, Project Leader of the Congo Basin…

Republic of Congo Greenwashing Efforts Exposed at Africa Oil Week

November 2018

Johannesburg, 07 November 2018 – Greenpeace Africa blew the whistle today on the Republic of Congo’s most recent greenwashing campaign by exposing its plans to tender three oil blocks in…

DRC Forest Minister seeking to allocate an area the size of Belgium for industrial logging

April 2018

Kinshasa, 16 April 2018 - Greenpeace Africa and Congolese non-governmental organisations have learned that a month after reinstating 650,000 ha of logging concessions deemed illegal and cancelled in 2016, DRC’s…

Walking through the tropical swamps of DRC

March 2018

Planet Lovers & Protectors, my name is Capucine Dayen, International Communications Coordinator for Greenpeace Africa, but I go by Caps. In June last year, I joined the Congo Basin Forest…

Democratic Republic of Congo government must halt plans to open up the world’s second largest rainforest to loggers

March 2018

Over 50 environmental, conservation and human rights organisations are calling on the international community urgently to intervene to help protect the vast rainforests of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),…

DRC government reinstates illegal logging concessions in breach of its own moratorium

February 2018

Kinshasa, 20 February 2018: 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…

Let the Moratorium be!

November 2017

With the recent confirmation that the Congo Basin forest hosts the world’s biggest tropical peatland, the importance of this forest is now drawing global attention. It has a huge role…

Statement on the announcement that the government of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has started a process to lift its moratorium on the allocation of new logging concessions

November 2017

Bonn, 12 November 2017: We are alarmed that, as it speaks at COP23 on behalf of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations on the importance of protecting its forests, the government…

The Congo Basin forests made us dance

November 2017

My name is Hermann Fondjo and I am an environmentalist activist and a volunteer for Greenpeace Africa. As the journey of the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza takes it along the…

Give the Congo Basin forest a chance

October 2017

Approaching the forest in the Congo, I am met with an overwhelming wall of green. Flying over it, I see the meandering rivers merging together. I see animals drinking from…

Our land should unite, not antagonize us!

August 2017

On August 5, 2017, four days before the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, I was deeply troubled by news…

Norway and France threaten DRC’s forests

July 2017

An area of rainforest the size of Italy is at risk of being cut down by loggers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), if the Norwegian government approves a…

The Urgency of Now: The fate of the lungs of Africa hangs in a balance

May 2017

As the plane from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), makes its descent towards Mbandaka airport, the capital of Equateur province, I am impressed by a…

Greenpeace condemns deportation of French filmmaker and cancellation of employee’s visa in the DRC

March 2017

Kinshasa, 1 March 2017 - Greenpeace Africa is shocked by the deportation of a French filmmaker and the cancellation of the visa of a Greenpeace employee by the authorities of…

Donors remain indifferent as moratorium breaches occur in the DRC

February 2017

The forest industry in the DRC has been plagued for years by confusion, uncertainties and illegalities. Although the country pays lip service to the principles of reducing emission from deforestation…

Donors dish out millions while the DRC government ups the moratorium breaches

February 2017

Kinshasa, 1st February 2017: Greenpeace Africa has today revealed further breaches to the 2002 moratorium on industrial logging titles by top Congolese government officials. Barely a month after these breaches…

How the DRC government has secretly breached its own logging moratorium

July 2016

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 12th July 2016 – A Greenpeace Africa investigation has revealed that the DRC government violated its own 2002 moratorium on new logging titles, granting three…

How the DRC government has secretly breached it's own logging moratorium

July 2016

In a snub to international donors, the DRC government has violated a moratorium on the allocation of new industrial logging concessions in place since 2002. Now the Minister of Environmental,…

Congo threatens to open world’s second largest rainforest to new industrial loggers

March 2016

London/Kinshasa (Wednesday 2nd March, 2016: A tropical rainforest more than twice the size of France is at risk of being cut down, following news from the Democratic Republic of Congo…

Turning REDD into Green

December 2010

Can a National REDD Plan in the Democratic Republic of Congo set a new course for the protection of forests, people and global climate?